Adam Johnson

by Mark Allan on December 22, 2017


Adam Johnson, LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-0

Weight: 174

Born: 1994-06-22

Hometown: Hibbing, MN, US

Drafted: Signed July 2017 by PIT as undrafted free agent








December 2017 – Capable of playing all three forward positions, Johnson is learning the ropes as an AHL rookie with two goals and 10 points in 21 games. His numbers would rise if he could improve an anemic 5.9 shooting percentage. The Penguins should get a better read on him in his second minor-pro season. Mark Allan

September 2017 – The late-blooming winger was among 21 players assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL for his pro debut after two NCAA seasons with the U of Minnesota-Duluth. The mass demotions leave 26 players in training camp before final cuts. Mark Allan 


July 2017 – Continuing his aggressive pursuit of NCAA free agents, Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford plucked Johnson after just two seasons at the U of Minnesota-Duluth as well as two USHL campaigns with the Sioux City Musketeers. The Minnesota native signed a two-year, entry-level contract after impressing the Penguins at their summer development camp. After 46 points as a USHL rookie, he racked up an eye-popping 71 points in 59 games with the Musketeers, nonetheless flopping in his first NCAA try with only 18 points in 39 games as the going got tougher. That disappointment was quickly forgotten when he became the second-best Bulldogs’ scorer with 18 goals and 37 points in 42 games for the national runners-up. His versatility also appealed to the Pens. As well as playing all three forward positions, Johnson dropped back to help when several blueline Bulldogs were hurt. Johnson played some point on the power play. 

NHL Central Scouting was intrigued by Johnson five years ago in his first year of NHL draft eligibility. In spite of dynamic skating, NHL teams soon lost interest due to physical immaturity and a lack of drive against sub-par high school opponents. Fast forward to today and you see a bigger, stronger, more mature player who handles physical play better while retaining his swift skating and superior shot. He’ll undoubtedly play in the AHL to begin his pro career. Mark Allan


Fantasy Outlook: C+

Johnson’s explosive skating, big shot and versatility will serve him well as a pro, although he might want to bump his weight up some more as long as it doesn’t compromise his speed. A potential top-six forward.



Adam Johnson demonstrates his skating and scoring ability:

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