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John Erskine
John Erskine
Number: 4
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 220
Shoots: Left
Born: Jun 26, 1980
Birthplace: Kingston, ON, Canada
Acquired: Signed as a free agent, Sept. 14, 2006
Drafted: DAL / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 2nd (39th overall)
: Tallied an assist and 7 blocked shots on 4/23 vs. WPG ... Led WSH with 8 hits on 4/13 vs. TB ... Scored a goal on 3/7 vs. FLA ... Fighting major (Thornton) on 3/5 vs. BOS ... Collected an assist on the GWG on 3/2 at WPG ... Scored his second goal of the season on 2/26 vs. CAR ... Skated 23:42 on 2/14 at TB ... Fighting major (Parros) on 2/9 vs. FLA ... Tallied an assist on 1/29 at OTT ... Scored first goal of the season and skated 20:56 on 1/27 vs. BUF; first goal since 4/5/11 at TOR ... Made season debut on 1/25 at NJ ... Ranked 2nd on the team with 21 blocked shots during playoffs.

: Registered four hits on 1/9 at LA ... Collected a fighting major (Asham, PIT) and three hits on 12/1 vs. PIT ... Played in his 400th NHL game and skated 18:11 on 11/8 vs. DAL (the team he was originally drafted by) ... Made his 2011-12 debut on 11/1 vs. ANA, recording an assist and skating 15:49 ... Missed nine games (10/8-10/29) due to injury ... Missed the last seven games (3/25-4/7) due to injury ... Made 2012 postseason debut in Game 4 of ECQF vs. BOS on 4/19 ... Tallied an assist in Game 5 of ECQF at BOS on 4/21.

2010-11: Finished 6th on the team in blocked shots (120) … 3rd on the team in hits (166) … Scored his fourth goal of the season 4/5 in TOR and his first since 11/26 vs. TB ... Washington was 4-0-0 when he scored a goal and 10-0-1 when he recorded a point ... Set career highs in games played (73), goals (4) and points (11) and tied his career high in assists (7) … Finished fourth on Washington in postseason hits (24) ... Ranked fifth in blocked shots during the playoffs (14) ... Scored his first career playoff goal on 5/4 at TB ... Tied his career high for postseason points (2).

2009-10: Played in 50 games in his fourth season with the Capitals and had six points (1g-5a) … Team was 4-0-1 when had a point … Finished the season with a career-best +16 rating, his third straight season with a plus-rating … Took 50 shots for the second straight year … Sixth on the team with 109 hits and fifth with 80 blocked shots despite playing 18 fewer games than anyone ranked higher than him in both categories … Had an assist, was +3 and racked up 17 PIM at COL (12/15) … The 17 PIM were his most since he had 29 PIM on 11/22/06 at ATL … Scored his only goal of the year, added an assist and was +3 on 1/26 at NYI (first goal since 1/19/08 vs. FLA) … Was +3 in a 3-2 win at CAR (11/30) and a 4-1 win at BOS (2/2) … Took a career-high five shots 1/31 vs. TB … Averaged 15:58 TOI per game, but skated a season-high 20:52 in a 3-2 shootout loss at CAR (3/25).

: Recorded four points (4a) in 52 games … Finished the season at +1 … Averaged 16:47 TOI … The first season in his career that he did not record more than 7 PIM in any game … Had assists 10/18 vs. NJ and 11/10 vs. TB … Skated a regular-season high 21:21 in a 6-3 win at PIT on 1/14 … Tallied the second two-assist game of his career 3/17 at FLA … Took a career-high four shots 3/21 at CAR … Played in 12 Stanley Cup playoff games, missing two vs. PIT due to a foot injury … Recorded 16 PIM … Had one assist in seven games vs. NYR in ECQF … Was +3 in Game 5 vs. NYR … Skated more than 18 minutes in all five of his games vs. PIT in ECSF and more than 21 minutes three times.

2007-08: Recorded a career-high nine points (2g-7a) in 51 games … Team was 7-1-0 when he had a point … Second on the team with 96 PIM …  Recorded points in each of the first two games of the season, including a goal 10/5 at ATL in the opener that stood up as the game-winner … Had his first career two-assist game 12/10 vs. NJ … Played in his 200th NHL game at MTL (1/29) … Finished with a +5 rating in the last 10 games of the season … Posted his 500th career PIM in the season finale, 4/5 vs. FLA … Played in all seven ECQF playoff games against PHI and recorded two assists and six PIM.

2006-07: Had seven points (1g-6a) in just 29 games, missing 39 due to injury … Ranked fifth on the team in PIM (69) … Credited with 52 hits and 51 blocked shots … Had six of his points (1g-5a) at home … Made the team out of training camp but did not play in the first four games before being assigned to Hershey (AHL) … Returned to Caps 11/9 and played in 18 straight games … Made his Caps debut vs. CAR (11/9) … Posted his first Caps point, an assist, 11/11 vs. NYR … Recorded a career-high 29 PIM vs. ATL (11/22) … Had an assist and was +3 in a season-high 22:25 at TB (11/28) … Scored his lone goal, an empty-netter, and added an assist vs. BUF (12/2) … Suffered a foot fracture vs. PHI (12/16) and missed 25 games … Returned to the lineup at TB (2/15) … Registered nine hits at PIT (2/18), the most in a game by a Capital during the season … Posted assists in back-to-back games vs. NJ (2/25) and vs. FLA (2/27) … Registered his 400th NHL PIM on 3/3 vs. NYI … Suffered a dislocated thumb vs. CAR (3/9) and missed the season’s final 14 games.

2005-06: Played a career-high 60 NHL games between DAL and NYI … Totaled a career-high 161 PIM, leading the Islanders … Played three games with Iowa (AHL) on a conditioning stint (12/1-4) … Began the season in DAL … Played his 100th career NHL game 12/18 at CHI … Acquired by NYI on 1/10 … Scored a goal 3/14 vs. NJ … Recorded 21 PIM vs. NYR (3/29).

2004-05: Spent the season with Houston (AHL), appearing in 61 games … Recorded 10 points (3g-7a) and 238 PIM … Ranked second on the team in PIM.

2003-04: Spent most of the season in DAL, playing 32 games … Collected an assist 12/6 at SJ … Missed 23 games due to injury.

2002-03: Recorded a career-best two goals in just 16 games with Dallas … Played 52 games with Utah (AHL), posting 10 points (2g-8a) and 274 PIM … Ranked seventh in the AHL in PIM and tied for eighth in major penalties … Scored his first career NHL goal 1/22 vs. CBJ.

2001-02: Named DAL’s rookie of the year by his teammates … Split the season between DAL (33 games) and Utah (39) … Ranked fourth on Utah with 118 PIM … Missed 13 games with a fractured foot (3/10-4/3) … Recorded his first career point, an assist, 4/12 vs. CHI.

2000-01: Spent his first pro season with Utah (IHL) … Ranked third in the IHL with 284 PIM … Scored his first professional goal 10/29 at Chicago.

Junior Career
Played three seasons of major junior hockey with the London Knights in the OHL, registering 72 points (20g-52a) and 590 PIM in 170 games.

1999-00: Won the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the OHL’s defenseman of the year … Named to the OHL First All-Star Team … Collected 43 points (12g-31a) with 177 PIM.

1998-99: Registered 20 points (8g-12a) and 208 PIM in 57 games … Led the team’s defensemen in playoff scoring with 15 points (5g-10a) in 25 games.

NHL Transactions

Selected by DAL in the second round, 39th overall, in the 1998 Entry Draft … Traded to the N.Y. Islanders by DAL with a second-round selection in the 2006 Entry Draft (Jesse Joensuu) for Janne Niinimaa and a fifth-round selection in the 2007 Entry Draft (Ondrej Roman) … Signed by the Capitals as a free agent, Sept. 14, 2006.

Twitter: @JohnErskine04 ... Met NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson in Aug. 2011 ... Enjoys watching Entourage and listening to the Tragically Hip … Favorite sport other than hockey is golf … Favorite tourist attraction in Washington, D.C., is the National Zoo.