Adam Johnson

Pittsburgh Penguins

Fantasy Summary

Johnson’s explosive skating, big shot and versatility will serve him well as a pro. A potential top-six forward.

Fantasy Upside 5.5
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country USA
Position LW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth June 22, 1994
Height 6‘0”
Weight 175 lbs
Drafted No


April 2019 – In a disappointing campaign for the AHL Penguins, who missed the Calder Cup playoffs for the first time since 2002, Johnson was a solid fourth in team scoring with 43 points, including 18 goals, in 67 games. In a six-game NHL début, he registered two assists in six games. The RFA speedster, one of many free agents in Pittsburgh’s system, has likely done enough to earn another contract. The six-footer could help himself by adding some muscle to a 175-pound frame. Mark Allan

January 2019 – Two goals lifted Johnson into third place in team scoring, but he couldn’t save Wilkes-Barre/Scranton from allowing four special team scores and losing 5-3 to Hershey. WBS, used to dominating its AHL division, fell to 19-18-4-1 as Johnson reached 12 goals to go with 13 assists in 42 games. At minus-four, he is the only one among the Penguins’ top-five point-getters who is on the wrong side of zero, although the impending RFA is tied for the team lead with five power play goals. Mark Allan

November 2018 – After eight AHL games, Johnson was third in team scoring with five points, including two goals (one of them a GWG) and a minus-1 rating. It’s not a blazing start for the speedster but his numbers project to about 20 goals, which would be about double his 11 in 70 outings for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season. Mark Allan

September 2018 – One of a batch of 18 players assigned to Pittsburgh’s AHL farm team, the speedy winger has a better chance than most of them of playing his way back to the NHL. Considering the organization’s glut of young wingers, it will not be an easy climb. He registered a goal and plus-1 in two NHL pre-season appearances. Mark Allan

September 2018 – Johnson’s on-ice calling card has always been his speed. He worked during the summer to improve his strength, although the 6-0, 174-pounder still has some room for improvement judging from his play at the recent Prospects Challenge. At 24, the former Minnesota-Duluth forward has the benefit of maturity over younger players with whom he’s competing for roles on the NHL and AHL Penguins. He gained valuable pro experience with an 11-goal, 31-point, 70-game campaign with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Expect him to get more AHL seasoning. Mark Allan

May 2018 – The speedy, versatile forward completed an underwhelming AHL debut with 11 goals and 20 assists in 70 outings, adding one goal in three post-season games as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was bounced from the opening round of the AHL playoffs by the Charlotte Checkers. Considering he played just two NCAA schedules before turning pro, the 175-pound Johnson might begin to show his true measure in a second pro campaign. It will be an important one for him because he’ll be an RFA after it. Mark Allan

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


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 Hibbing/Chisholm High USHS-MN 24 8 15 23 8 | Playoffs 3 1 1 2
 2010-2011 Hibbing/Chisholm High USHS-MN 25 34 36 70 8 | Playoffs 3 4 6 10
  Hibbing/Chisholm High MN State 3 4 1 5 0 |          
 2011-2012 B17 - Blue (Final 54) MNHP-17 3 0 1 1 - |          
  Hibbing/Chisholm High USHS-MN 20 24 28 52 14 | Playoffs 3 4 3 7
  Team North UMHSEHL 21 9 8 17 8 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0
 2012-2013 Hibbing/Chisholm High USHS-MN 24 16 27 43 70 | Playoffs 2 4 0 4
  Team North UMHSEHL 21 6 8 14 14 | Playoffs 3 1 0 1
  Indiana Ice USHL 6 0 2 2 0 |          
 2013-2014 Sioux City Musketeers USHL 56 15 31 46 25 | Playoffs 8 4 3 7
 2014-2015 Sioux City Musketeers USHL 59 31 40 71 24 | Playoffs 5 1 2 3
  Sioux City Musketeers JCWC 5 6 3 9 2 |          
 2015-2016 Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth NCAA 39 6 12 18 8 |          
 2016-2017 Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth NCAA 42 18 19 37 18 |          
 2017-2018 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 70 11 20 31 16 | Playoffs 3 1 0 1
 2018-2019 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 6 0 2 2 0 |          
  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 67 18 25 43 27 |