With Erik Johnson needing assistance off the ice this morning after taking a shot in the foot during practice, the Colorado Avalanche could be in for their first bit of adversity in this young season. Colorado has taken the NHL by storm with the red-hot start, coming out flying under the watchful eye of new coach Patrick Roy.
Now they could be without Johnson moving forward.
Erik Johnson takes shot off foot. Needs help off the ice as teammates applaud with their sticks. #Avalanche
— Mike Chambers (@mikechambers) October 23, 2013
While he’s never lived up to the hype that comes with being the No. 1 overall draft pick, Johnson has still played some important minutes for Colorado this season. He’s averaging more than 20 minutes of ice time a night, and had scored three points in his last four games prior to the injury.
The extent of the damage is unknown, and it’s unclear if the Avs will be with or without the services of Johnson when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes at home on Friday night.
Since arriving in Colorado, Johnson has dealt with a love-hate relationship with fans and pundits alike. He seemed to be hitting his stride under Roy though, and at just 25 years-old could be entering the prime of his career.