Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/09/09 at 11:16 AM ET
from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,
Playing before an overflow crowd of more than 1,000 at St. Louis Mills on Wednesday at the team’s pro orientation camp, (Erik) Johnson gave fans a sneak preview of what they can look forward to in 2009-10.
He’s bigger and stronger, having added 10 pounds onto his 6-foot-4 frame. So now he’s back on the ice with rookies, prospects and tryout hopefuls trying to regain the form that made him the first overall pick in the 2006 draft.
“It’s part of my journey I guess, to hopefully becoming an elite NHL player and an elite NHL defenseman,” Johnson said. “I’m having a lot of fun. Not that I can say I expected to be back here, but I feel fortunate to be back here, being a leader and a mentor to some of the younger guys and also getting some quality ice time for myself.”
He also had no negatives to report on his surgically repaired right knee following Wednesday’s practice session.
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