Jack Johnson came into the spotlight while spending two years at Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep school, where he played with his good friend and future phenom, Sidney Crosby. He went on to play with the U.S. NTDP during the 2003-04 season. He continued with Hockey USA and the development program for 2004-05 where he was among the best defenders in the system for the second year running and led all defensemen in scoring during that span. Johnson has also seen international competition, playing in the 2004 IIHF World U-18 Championships in Minsk, Russia. Over the course of the 2004-05 season, he helped Team USA to commanding tournament sweeps at the Five Nations Tournament, Compuware Four Nations Cup and the U-18 2005 IIHF World Under-18 Championships.
2006-07: In a blockbuster move, Jack Johnson was traded to the Los Angeles Kings before the season began. The Carolina Hurricanes could no longer wait for Johnson to leave college hockey for the professional ranks and dealt him to the Kings. Johnson would complete his sophomore season with the University of Michigan, again proving to be one of the best defensemen in the world not currently playing in the NHL. At the conclusion of his college season, Johnson signed an entry level contract with the Kings and skated for Los Angeles in the final five games of the season. Johnson merely got his feet wet in the NHL, but bigger things are to come beginning next season.
For his age, Johnson has a tremendous amount of skill and ability, which makes him so sought after. He is a slick defenseman who moves well with or without the puck. His stick-handling ability is well above average. He plays with an edge and will not back down to aggressors, but will not seek out trouble. He does extremely well defending in his own zone and reads the attack very well. Johnson plays a very tight and functional game and stifles opposition more often than not. Johnson has above average offensive instincts, a good shot selection from the point and a great wrist shot.
Acquired from the Los Angeles Kings in 2012 in the deal that sent Jeff Carter to the Kings.