Ryan Johnson

Buffalo Sabres
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Fantasy Summary

A reliable two-way defenseman who thrives in transition.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 7.5
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth July 24, 2001
Height 6‘0”
Weight 172 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 1; Overall: 31

Observations

January 2019  – Ryan Johnson was invited to the US World Juniors preliminary roster, but was cut days before the tournament kicked off. Unfortunately, with the amount of defensive talent that the Americans had, there was not an open slot for Johnson. Aside from being cut from the World Junior roster, Johnson has tallied six assists in 22 games at the University of Minnesota. Given that Johnson does not possess a booming shot and is more of a two-way transitional defenseman, his offensive numbers are not concerning. Josh Tessler

July 2019 – Johnson can be a solid top-four defenseman in the NHL one day. He’s coming off of a great campaign with Sioux Falls and will be playing for the University of Minnesota next season. There is a chance that the 17-year-old could pay on his wrong side and play alongside Jackson LaCombe (Anaheim Ducks prospect). In terms of his skill-set, Johnson isn’t a physical specimen, but he’s dependable in all three zones. His skating is top-notch. Johnson’s edge-work is on par with defenseman who was taken higher than him in the 2019 draft (I.e. Bowen Byram, Philip Broberg). Sometimes, he’ll get out of position and create a pinch. It has worked out well in the USHL, but he’ll need to be a bit more cautious about how frequent he creates pinches in the offensive zone. Yet, when he creates a pinch, he moves right to the net and attempts to create scoring chance after scoring chance. On the blue-line, he shows stay-at-home tendencies. He’s always moving and ready for anything. He’ll shift back and forth across the blue-line in an effort to prevent a potential breakout. If there is one area in his game that needs further development it’s his physicality. Josh Tessler

June 2019 – Johnson has been drafted 31st overall by the Sabres. Josh Tessler


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Anaheim Jr. Ducks QC Int PW AAA 3 1 0 1 2 |          
 2015-2016 Anaheim Jr. Ducks Bantam AAA T1EBHL 10 2 8 10 18 | Playoffs 4 0 1 1
 2016-2017 Santa Margarita Catholic High USHS-CA 6 1 1 2 0 |          
  Santa Margarita Catholic High 2 USHS-CA 8 1 3 4 4 |          
  Team Kelly USA-S15 3 0 0 0 0 |          
  Anaheim Jr. Ducks 16U T1EHL U16 32 3 21 24 10 | Playoffs 4 0 4 4
 2017-2018 Anaheim Jr. Ducks 16U T1EHL U16 35 12 33 45 36 |          
  Team White USA-S16 5 2 4 6 - |          
 2018-2019 Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 54 6 19 25 26 | Playoffs 12 2 6 8
  USA U19 WJAC-19 6 0 0 0 2 |          
 2019-2020 Univ. of Minnesota NCAA 37 0 8 8 20 |          

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