In 2006, then-Capitals General Manager George McPhee signed a defenseman by the name of John Erskine as a free agent. A former second-round pick by the Dallas Stars in 1998 (39th overall), Erskine was unknown to most Caps fans. He played 29-games in 2006-07 with the Caps, recording one goal and six assists, before spending four games with the Hershey Bears; recording two assists.
In 2007-08, Erskine saw a bigger role with the Capitals, as his former coach in Hershey, Bruce Boudreau, had just been promoted to interim head coach. He played 51-games, recording two goals and seven assists while playing on a third-pairing. His presence on the team was certainly felt, as his willingness to deliver big hits and stand up for teammates made him an instant fan favorite. Erskine’s physical, no-nonsense play was a welcome addition in the Caps’ lineup.
With the support of Boudreau…
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