Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- John Erskine
John Erskine was born June 26, 1980 in Kingston, Ontario. The 2nd choice, 39th overall selection of the Dallas Stars in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, is a graduate of the OHL's London Knights.

The 6'4", 215lbs defenseman was named to the OHL All-Rookie Team in 1999-2000 and spent three seasons on the Knights blue line, accumulating more than 650 penalty minutes. Not known for his offensive prowess, Erskine had a career high 43 points during his final year in London before joining Dallas' IHL affiliate in Utah for the 2000-01 season.

In his first season of professional hockey, the hulking defenseman led all Grizzlies players in penalty minutes with 284 and finished third in the IHL.

Erskine made his NHL debut with the Stars in 2001-02, and went on to split the season with Dallas and Utah. Erskine spent most of the 2002-03 season with the Utah Grizzlies, seeing limited action with Dallas before being sidelined for the better part of the 2003-04 season, recovering from injuries.

Following a lockout year in 2004-05, Erskine returned to the Stars lineup in 2005-06 before being dealt to the New York Islanders in early January for defenseman Janne Niinima.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1996-97 Quinte Hawks ON-Jr.A 48 4 16 20 241
1997-98 London Knights OHL 55 0 9 9 205 16 0 5 5 25
1998-99 London Knights OHL 57 8 12 20 208 +21 25 5 10 15 38
1999-00 London Knights OHL 58 12 31 43 177 -17
2000-01 Utah Grizzlies IHL 77 1 8 9 284 -7
2001-02 Dallas Stars NHL 33 0 1 1 62 -8
2001-02 Utah Grizzlies AHL 39 2 6 8 118 +1 3 0 0 0 10
2002-03 Dallas Stars NHL 16 2 0 2 29 +1
2002-03 Utah Grizzlies AHL 52 2 8 10 274 +2 1 0 1 1 15
2003-04 Dallas Stars NHL 32 0 1 1 84 -9
2003-04 Utah Grizzlies AHL 5 0 0 0 18 0
2004-05 Houston Aeros AHL 61 3 7 10 238 -5 5 0 1 1 20
2005-06 Dallas Stars NHL 26 0 0 0 62 -3
2005-06 Iowa Stars AHL 3 0 0 0 6 +2
2005-06 New York Islanders NHL 34 1 0 1 99 -12
2006-07 Washington Capitals NHL 29 1 6 7 69 -13
2006-07 Hershey Bears AHL 4 0 2 2 9 +2
2007-08 Washington Capitals NHL 51 2 7 9 96 +1 7 0 2 2 6
2008-09 Washington Capitals NHL 52 0 4 4 63 +1 12 0 1 1 16
2009-10 Washington Capitals NHL 50 1 5 6 66 +16
2010-11 Washington Capitals NHL 73 4 7 11 94 +1 9 1 1 2 6
2011-12 Washington Capitals NHL 28 0 2 2 51 +3 4 0 1 1 0
2012-13 Washington Capitals NHL 30 3 3 6 34 +10 7 0 1 1 4
2013-14 Washington Capitals NHL 37 1 3 4 56 -5
NHL Totals 491 15 39 54 865 39 1 6 7 32


OHL First All-Star Team (2000) Missed majority of 2003-04 due to ankle (December 27, 2003 vs. Columbus) and hernia (January 24, 2004 vs. St. Louis) injuries. Traded to NY Islanders by Dallas with Dallas' 2nd round choice (Jesse Joensuu) in 2006 Entry Draft for Janne Niinimaa and NY Islanders' 5th round choice (Ondrej Roman) in 2007 Entry Draft, January 10, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Washington, September 14, 2006. Missed majority of 2006-07 due to foot (December 16, 2006 vs. Philadelphia) and thumb (March 9, 2007 vs. Carolina) injuries. Missed majority of 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 due to various injuries and as a healthy reserve.