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

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 - - - - - |          

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