John Erskine irks me. (See what I did there?) There’s always one on every team, that guy who makes you groan in frustration when you notice he’s out there. Our #4 is a tough defenseman, but he doesn’t throw his weight around nearly enough. And on his bad days, the opposing team skates around him like he’s a traffic cone. Quick feet, Erskine! Skate like you mean it!
Erskine does have the distinction of getting into – and ending – the first fight of the 2008-2009 season, against Eric Boulton of the Atlanta Thrashers:
(Bring it, beyotch.)
He signed with the Capitals on September 14, 2006, coming to D.C. from the New York Islanders, and scored 9 points (2 goals/7 assists) in 51 games during the 2007-2008 season. He lists ‘Entourage’ as his favorite show and the National Zoo as his favorite D.C. attraction.
So John, here’s to a fresh start and a solid heavy-hitting season. Because honestly, after a few beers, some of us wonder what secrets you hold to guarantee a spot on the bench night after night. But in the spirit of the new season, here’s to you, John Erskine! May you find the shortest way to the puck and arrive in ill humor – preferably taking out Danny Briere along the way.