|Assets:||Loves to play a physical game from behind the blueline. Keeps things simple and knows his limitations. Is a willing pugilist and solid team player.|
|Flaws:||Has extremely limited offensive acumen. His skating ability is also rather suspect. Tends to struggle when lined up against shifty forwards.|
|Career Potential:||Physical depth defenseman.|
|Canadian Major Junior||First All-Star Team||1999-00|
|OHL||Max Kaminsky Trophy||1999-00|
|OHL||First All-Star Team||1999-00|
|3/29/2014||Missed 10 games (upper body injury).|
|3/06/2014||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|2/27/2014||Missed 2 games (knee injury).|
|2/06/2014||Knee injury, day-to-day.|
|12/15/2013||Missed 21 games (upper body injury).|
|10/30/2013||Upper body injury, injured reserve.|
|10/22/2013||Missed 4 games (upper body injury).|
|10/12/2013||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|4/02/2013||Missed 12 games (upper body injury).|
|3/12/2013||Upper body injury, injured reserve.|
|3/10/2013||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|2/25/2013||Signed by the Washington Capitals to a two-year contract extension.|
|2/08/2013||Missed 3 games (suspended by nhl).|
|2/02/2013||Suspended by the NHL for 3 games.|
|4/19/2012||Missed 6 regular season and 3 playoff games (lower body injury).|
|3/31/2012||Lower body injury, injured reserve.|
|3/27/2012||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|11/29/2011||Missed 4 games (shoulder injury).|
|11/21/2011||Shoulder injury, day-to-day.|
|11/15/2011||Missed 1 game (undisclosed).|
|11/01/2011||Missed 9 games (left shoulder surgery).|
|10/06/2011||Left shoulder surgery, injured reserve.|
|4/05/2011||Missed 1 game (undisclosed).|
|3/22/2011||Missed 3 games (illness).|
|12/17/2010||Signed by the Washington Capitals to a two-year contract extension.|
|12/09/2010||Missed 1 game (undisclosed).|
|3/03/2010||Missed 1 game (shoulder injury).|
|2/13/2010||Shoulder injury, day-to-day.|
|2/10/2010||Missed 1 game (undisclosed).|
|1/23/2010||Missed 6 games (upper body injury).|
|1/12/2010||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|11/04/2009||Missed 8 games (hand injury).|
|10/15/2009||Hand injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|5/08/2009||Missed 2 games (leg injury).|
|5/04/2009||Leg injury, day-to-day.|
|2/22/2009||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|1/13/2009||Missed 22 games (mild concussion).|
|11/26/2008||Mild concussion, sidelined indefinitely.|
|10/23/2008||Signed by the Washington Capitals to a two-year contract extension.|
|3/27/2008||Missed 6 games (upper body injury).|
|3/14/2008||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|2/13/2008||Missed 1 game (lower body injury).|
|2/10/2008||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|8/27/2007||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Washington Capitals to a two-year contract.|
|4/09/2007||Missed the last 14 games of the regular season (thumb injury).|
|3/09/2007||Thumb injury, remainder of the regular season.|
|2/15/2007||Missed 25 games (fractured foot).|
|12/23/2006||Fractured foot, sidelined indefinitely.|
|12/19/2006||Foot injury, day-to-day.|
|11/09/2006||Recalled from Hershey (AHL).|
|10/18/2006||Assigned to Hershey (AHL).|
|9/14/2006||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Washington Capitals.|
|1/10/2006||Acquired from the Dallas Stars.|
|12/04/2005||Recalled from Iowa (AHL).|
|12/01/2005||Assigned to Iowa (AHL) for conditioning purposes.|
|8/19/2005||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Dallas Stars to a one-year contract.|
|7/31/2005||Dallas Stars tendered a qualifying offer.|
|9/25/2004||Signed by the Houston aeros (AHL).|
|7/30/2004||Re-signed by the Dallas Stars.|
|6/30/2004||Dallas Stars tendered a qualifying offer.|
|4/17/2004||Missed the last 17 games of the regular season and all 5 games of Round One against the Colorado Avalanche (hernia).|
|4/05/2004||Hernia, remainder of the playoffs.|
|3/03/2004||Hernia, remainder of the regular season.|
|3/01/2004||Recalled from Utah (AHL).|
|2/25/2004||Assigned to Utah (AHL).|
|1/24/2004||Missed 4 games (calf laceration).|
|1/16/2004||Recalled from Utah (AHL).|
|1/16/2004||Calf laceration, sidelined indefinitely.|
|1/12/2004||Missed 7 games (ankle injury).|
|1/12/2004||Assigned to Utah (AHL).|
|12/29/2003||Ankle injury, day-to-day.|
|7/30/2003||Re-signed by the Dallas Stars to a one-year contract.|
|6/26/2003||Dallas Stars tendered a qualifying offer.|
|4/12/2003||Recalled from Utah (AHL).|
|4/10/2003||Assigned to Utah (AHL).|
|4/07/2003||Recalled from Utah (AHL).|
|3/22/2003||Assigned to Utah (AHL).|
|3/21/2003||Recalled from Utah (AHL).|
|3/08/2003||Assigned to Utah (AHL).|
|1/13/2003||Recalled from Utah (AHL).|
|10/07/2002||Assigned to Utah (AHL).|
|4/15/2002||Assigned to Utah (AHL).|
|4/05/2002||Missed 13 games (fractured foot).|
|3/09/2002||Fractured foot, early April.|
|2/21/2002||Recalled from Utah (AHL).|
|2/15/2002||Assigned to Utah (AHL).|
|2/04/2002||Recalled from Utah (AHL).|
|1/29/2002||Assigned to Utah (AHL).|
|1/06/2002||Recalled from Utah (AHL).|
|12/28/2001||Assigned to Utah (AHL).|
|12/17/2001||Recalled from Utah (AHL).|
|11/28/2001||Assigned to Utah (AHL).|
|11/19/2001||Recalled from Utah (AHL).|
|9/30/2001||Assigned to Utah (AHL).|
|4/22/2001||Assigned to Utah (IHL).|
|4/18/2001||Recalled from Utah (IHL).|
|9/27/2000||Assigned to Utah (IHL).|
|9/14/2006||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Washington Capitals.|
|1/10/2006||New York Islanders traded Janne Niinimaa and a 5th round selection in 2007 to the Dallas Stars for John Erskine and a 2nd round selection in 2006.|
|6/27/1998||Drafted by the Dallas Stars in the 2nd round (39th overall) in 1998.|
| 03/30/2014 2:26 AM
NewsJohn Erskine returned to action on Saturday March 29.
John Erskine unlikely to play Saturday | 03/08/2014 3:24 PM
NewsJohn Erskine isn't expected to play Saturday night after he skated with the team's scratches in the morning.
ImpactHe passed concussion protocol testing after he sat out Thursday's game as a precaution. It was though that he might have been concussed in a melee with Philadelphia players on Wednesday.
John Erskine out Thursday with UBI | 03/06/2014 4:53 PM
NewsJohn Erskine will miss Thursday's game because of an upper-body injury.
ImpactHe received a game misconduct for an altercation with Vincent Lecavalier and Wayne Simmonds in Thursday's game versus Philadelphia. Cameron Schilling is expected to take his spot in the lineup.
John Erskine will draw back in Thursday night | 02/27/2014 3:36 PM
NewsJohn Erskine is slated to play in Thursday's road game against Florida.
Mike Vogel on Twitter
ImpactHe missed two games prior to break with an undisclosed injury. He is projected to play on the third pairing with Connor Carrick.
John Erskine gets a day off Thursday | 02/06/2014 1:05 PM
NewsJohn Erskine won't play Thursday because of some wear and tear on his surgically repaired knee from the off-season.
Impact"He's come back and he's taken a lot of bumps and bruises. It's a little achy," coach Adam Oates said of Erskine. "So we're going to give him a little rest to kind of replenish and get it back." He may sit out Saturday' game against New Jersey as well.
John Erskine scores first of the season | 01/26/2014 10:44 AM
NewsJohn Erskine scored his first goal of the season Saturday in a 5-0 whitewash of the Montreal Canadiens.
ImpactErskine was one of three Capitals to score their first of the season as Casey Wellman and Jay Beagle also found the back of the net. Erskine has little fantasy value as he has three points in 26 games with 31 penalty minutes and a minus-one rating.
John Erskine expected to play on Sunday | 12/15/2013 11:11 AM
NewsJohn Erskine (knee) is expected to return to the Washington lineup Sunday.
ImpactErskine had off-season surgery to repair his knee and had trouble at the start of the season with only one assist in seven games with a minus-four rating and 12 penalty minutes. We can't recommend him at this time.
Erskine trying to strengthen his knee | 11/20/2013 12:55 PM
NewsJohn Erskine is focused on strengthening his surgically-repaired knee while he remains on the long-term injured reserve list.
Impact"There's pain but I can play with pain. I don't want to go back out there and be two steps behind and hurt the team," said Erskine. He's now eligible to be activated at any time, but that probably won't happen in the near future.
Erskine can be activated soon, isn't ready | 11/19/2013 1:13 PM
NewsJohn Erskine (knee) is eligible to return from the long-term injured reserve list on Wednesday, but he's not ready.
ImpactCapitals coach Adam Oates said that Erskine is feeling better, but there's no timetable for his return. Erskine said recently that he's "playing it day by day."
John Erskine not close to returning | 11/17/2013 9:18 AM
NewsJohn Erskine is not close to returning from a knee injury.
ImpactErskine was placed on the long-term injured list in October and was hoping to return on November 20 when he was first eligible to return. "I hope I'm back by then but I'm just playing it day by day," Erskine said. "I've only had three weeks off so it's not going to feel like it's night and day, where I come back and it's 100 percent. I've got to try my best to get it taken care of." He has one assist and 12 penalty minutes in seven games.
John Erskine is on the long-term IR list | 10/30/2013 11:29 AM
NewsJohn Erskine, who is struggling to recover from knee surgery, has been placed on the long-term injured reserve list.
ImpactIt's worth noting that Erskine also missed time earlier this season due to an upper-body injury. He has an assist and 12 penalty minutes in seven games this season.
John Erskine returns from upper-body injury | 10/23/2013 10:54 AM
NewsJohn Erskine returned from an upper-body injury on Tuesday.
ImpactErskine missed four straight games due to the ailment. He had an assist and four penalty minutes while logging 14:17 minutes of ice time in Washington's 5-4 shootout victory.
| 10/23/2013 1:33 AM
NewsJohn Erskine returned to action on Tuesday October 22.
John Erskine hopes to return from UBI Weds. | 10/15/2013 4:43 PM
NewsJohn Erskine (upper body) is hoping to be able to play Wednesday.
ImpactHe's missed two games with an upper-body injury and will see how he feels in the morning. "Want to make sure that he's 100 percent," coach Adam Oates said. "I don't want him to come back and reinjure it."
John Erskine on the ice Monday | 10/14/2013 10:10 AM
NewsJohn Erskine (upper body) is on the ice for practice Monday.
Katie Carrera on Twitter
ImpactErskine missed Saturday;'s game after getting hurt Thursday. He has no points but six penalty minutes in four games this season.
John Erskine (UBI) will miss Saturday's game | 10/12/2013 11:53 AM
NewsJohn Erskine will not play Saturday due to an upper-body injury.
The Washington Post
ImpactErskine was hurt in Thursday's game. He is pointless in four games this season, but he does have six penalty minutes.
John Erskine out with an upper-body injury | 10/11/2013 12:39 PM
NewsJohn Erskine suffered an upper-body injury on Thursday.
Capitals.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactThe Washington Capitals are listing him as day-to-day. He has no points and six penalty minutes in four games this season.
John Erskine's top-four position is safe | 09/17/2013 1:41 PM
NewsJohn Erskine's position on the Washington Capitals is secure.
ImpactThere was some speculation that Erskine might has to compete with some of the Capitals' young blueliners, but Capitals coach Adam Oates shot down those rumors. "He's not losing his job," Oates said. "He's not. It's not even up for grabs. He's top four on our team." Erskine had six points and averaged 18:28 minutes per game in 30 contests last season.
| 04/05/2013 2:29 AM
NewsJohn Erskine returned to action on Thursday April 4.
Capitals activate John Erskine off IR | 04/02/2013 5:07 PM
NewsWashington Capitals activate John Erskine (upper body) off injured reserve.
Stephen Whyno on Twitter
ImpactErskine has been sidelined since suffering the injury March 9 but had been working out with the Caps and closing in on a return. He'll likely be in the Caps' lineup tonight against the Hurricanes. Erskine will be a boost to the Capitals' lineup but doesn't have much fantasy value.
John Erskine could be back Tuesday | 03/31/2013 11:48 AM
NewsJohn Erskine (upper body) could be back for Tuesday's contest.
Stephen Whyno on Twitter
ImpactErskine has been on the shelf for a few weeks now but skated with the team this weekend. He's not expected to return Sunday, but his fantasy value is very limited in any case.
John Erskine skates, won't return Saturday | 03/30/2013 2:50 PM
NewsJohn Erskine (upper body) skated with the Capitals on Saturday.
ImpactAfter the practice, Erskine stayed on the ice with the assistant coaches for some extra work. The fact that Erskine is traveling with the Capitals is a great sign, but he's not expected to return Saturday.
John Erskine (upper body) skates Monday | 03/25/2013 12:42 PM
NewsJohn Erskine (upper body) skated with his teammates for the first time in more than two weeks Monday.
ImpactHe has missed nine consecutive games since suffering a left hand or wrist injury on March 9th.
Capitals put John Erskine on injured reserve | 03/12/2013 10:18 AM
NewsWashington Capitals place D John Erskine (upper body) on injured reserve.
Chuck Gormley on Twitter
ImpactErskine was injured in Saturday's game against the Islanders. He'll be eligible to return Sunday against the Sabres. Erskine has just two goals and five points in 17 games and has very limited fantasy value.
John Erskine suffers upper-body injury in 1st | 03/09/2013 8:22 PM
NewsJohn Erskine suffered an upper-body injury Saturday in the first period against the Islanders.
ImpactThe Washington Post's Katie Carrera says it appeared to be to his "left hand or wrist." The rearguard played only two shifts, for a total of 1:18. "I hope it's day to day. I hope it's nothing too big," coach Adam Oates said." Tough injury. We'll figure it out."
Caps score four times in 8:10 to start game | 03/08/2013 9:39 AM
NewsThe Capitals scored four goals in 8:10 of the first period Thursday night.
ImpactAccording to the Elias Sports Bureau, it's the second-fastest time in NHL history that any team has scored four times to start a game, behind the Penguins' 7:04 outburst in 1995. The scoring began with John Erskine, then Wojtek Wolski, John Carlson and Mike Ribeiro potted goals.
John Erskine re-signs with the Capitals | 02/25/2013 1:46 PM
NewsJohn Erskine has agreed to a two-year/$3.925 million extension with the Washington Capitals.
ImpactErskine will make $1.925 million next season and $2 million in 2014-15. He's more of a defensive defenseman and consequently doesn't have any fantasy value in standard leagues.
Capitals, John Erskine close to an extension | 02/25/2013 1:18 PM
NewsJohn Erskine is close to signing an extension with the Washington Capitals.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter
ImpactThe financial terms are not yet known, but it will reportedly be a two-year deal. He's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has a two points and 13 penalty minutes in 11 games this season.
| 02/10/2013 3:01 AM
NewsJohn Erskine was reinstated from his suspension on Saturday February 9.
John Erskine will be back in lineup Saturday | 02/08/2013 1:48 PM
NewsJohn Erskine will be back in the lineup Saturday after his three-game suspension ends.
Katie Carrera on Twitter
ImpactErskine was punished for what Brendan Shanahan titled a "reckless elbow" to Flyers W Wayne Simmonds. Erskine said he wasn't intentionally targeting the head of Simmons, who is currently sidelined with a concussion. Erskine owners should feel free to use him as they normally would starting tomorrow.
John Erskine doesn't think he was 'reckless' | 02/04/2013 3:33 PM
NewsJohn Erskine disagrees with NHL Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan's assessment that he delivered a "reckless elbow" to Wayne Simmonds.
ImpactErskine is serving a three-game suspension while Simmonds is sidelined with a concussion. "I don't think it was a reckless play or a reckless elbow," Erskine said. "I wasn't flying down the ice a hundred miles an hour with my elbow up in the air. That's what [Shanahan] called it, and I gotta live with it." Erskine added that he was acting on reflect when he raised his elbow and he wasn't intentionally targeting Simmonds head.
John Erskine suspended 3 games for elbow | 02/02/2013 8:17 PM
NewsJohn Erskine was given a three-game suspension for elbowing Wayne Simmonds in the head on Friday night.
ImpactNHL Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan called it a "reckless elbow," which oddly enough wasn't detected in the game. Simmonds left the game late in the first and wasn't in the lineup Saturday as he's still dealing with head and neck injuries. This is the first suspension of Erskine's career, which has totaled 429 games.
John Erskine likely facing suspension | 02/02/2013 1:49 PM
NewsDon't be surprised if Washington defenseman John Erskine is suspended this weekend.
ImpactHe elbowed Wayne Simmonds in the head Friday night and awaits NHL justice. In case you own Erskine and are relying on him for penalty minutes, you may want to start looking for a short-term replacement.
John Erskine scores first goal since May 2011 | 01/28/2013 2:01 PM
NewsJohn Erskine scored his first goal since May 4, 2011 in Washington's 3-2 win over Buffalo on Sunday.
ImpactThe stay-at-home rearguard was appearing in just his second game of the season and he ended up with nearly 21 minutes of ice time. He shouldn't be on your fantasy radar.
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|Goals||1||at Mtl||Jan 25||1|
|Assists||1||3 times-last:vs. Bos||last:Mar 29||1|
|Points||1||4 times-last:vs. Bos||last:Mar 29||1|
|Penalty Minutes||15||at Phi||Mar 5||12|
|Plus/Minus||2||at Mtl||Jan 25||3|
|Power Play Goals||0||37 times-last:vs. Dal||last:Apr 1||0|
|Power Play Points||0||37 times-last:vs. Dal||last:Apr 1||0|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||37 times-last:vs. Dal||last:Apr 1||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||37 times-last:vs. Dal||last:Apr 1||0|
|Shots||4||2 times-last:vs. Dal||last:Apr 1||3|
|Assists||7||2 times-last: 2010-11 (Wsh)|
|Penalty Minutes||161||2005-06 (Dal/NYI)|
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