A tactical two-way forward who has some positional versatility with the ability to play on the wing or down the middle. Johnston improved throughout the year, becoming a much more dangerous player in the second half of the season but because he plays in the OHL, the World Under-18s will be his only high-level competition in his draft year.
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June 2022 – Johnston has continued to excel with the Windsor Spitfires. In 18 playoff games, he has 31 points, driving play on a fantastic line with Will Cuylle (60th overall, 2020 – NYR) and Matt Maggio (2022 Eligible), slightly below his phenomenal regular season point per game average of 1.824. He is also a +18 through the playoffs thus far, indicative of his continuously improving defensive play. Having won both the OHL’s Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy (Regular Season Points Leader) and the William Hanley Trophy (Most Sportsmanlike Player), Johnston is further proving that he will more than likely be on the opening night roster in September. His head coach, Marc Savard said in January “I don’t know what else he (Johnston) can do at this level”. Savard also made comparisons of Johnston’s play to Patrice Bergeron’s elite defensive game. Savard believes Johnston could become an e