Erik Johnson to miss All-Star game

All-Star games are invitation only and feature the best players in the game so you can imagine how this is a great honor for any player. However this won’t happen for Erik Johnson (Colorado Avalanche) even though he has been invited to the 2015 edition of the NHL All-Star Game.

Johnson will be missing the game because of a lower-body injury and this is a bigger hit due to the fact that this is his fist invitation to an All-Star game in his career (7 years so far). Johnson was also the only player from his team to be chosen to participate in the game.
Three other players have been ruled out of the game on Thursday together with Johnson: Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets. No replacement for Johnson has been named or made public up till now.

Besides missing the All-Star Game Johnson will also be missing the Avalanche’s next game on Jan. 27 at least due to the same injury. This will take a big toll on the defenseman’s overall stats. Johnson is currently tied for first (defensemen category) with 12 goals so far this season which is also a career high for him.

As per a statement on the team’s Twitter page no exact date has given for his return to the ring. The team officials also stated that Johnson’s injury seems pretty serious as he hasn’t shown up for practice. The officials are also concerned about the fact their goalie (Calvin Pickard) is left with a weak defense line.