Chad Johnson
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Chad Johnson

Hometown:

Calgary Alberta

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1986-06-10

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2004

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2009

Weight:

175 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2005-06: Johnson, along with sophomore Wylie Rogers, gave the Nanooks one of the CCHA’s best goaltending tandems this season. The Calgary, AB native posted a 6-7-4 record that included a .917 save percentage in 18 appearances. Johnson’s most memorable outing came on Oct. 15 versus Minnesota, where he posted a 38-save performance to preserve a 3-3 tie for the Nanooks in his collegiate debut. Most recently, Johnson was named this year’s recipient of UAF’s Doug Desorcie Award, which is given to the team’s top rookie.

Drafted 5th round (125th overall), 2006 by Pittsburgh

2007-08: The athletic goaltender appeared in just seven games as a junior for the University of Alaska due to a high-ankle sprain suffered in mid-December. Johnson was 0-6 for the Nanooks with a 3.36 GAA and .893 save percentage. Overall, the Nanooks won just nine games.

2008-09: Both Johnson and the University of Alaska enjoyed a bounce-back year in his senior season as the Nanooks finished a surprising fourth in the CCHA under first-year coach Dallas Ferguson. Johnson appeared in 35 of 39 games for Alaska and was 14-16-5 with a 1.66 GAA and .940 save percentage. Johnson was named to the CCHA's First All-Star Team and was the league's Player of the Year. The Rangers obtained the rights to Johnson in a June 2009 trade with Pittsburgh and signed him to an entry-level contract in July 2009.

2009-10: Johnson made his NHL debut in late December for the Rangers as an injury fill-in and handled the bulk of the goaltending chores for the AHL Hartford in his first pro season. In five games with New York he was 1-3 with a 2.35 GAA and .919 save percentage. Johnson appeared in 47 games for Hartford and was 24-20 with three shutouts and had a 2.54 GAA and .911 save percentage. Johnson played for Team Canada at the 2010 IIHF World Championships, appearing in three games, and stopped 27 of 28 shot in just over 70 minutes of action.

2010-11: Johnson once again shuffled between the Rangers and their AHL affiliate. His only NHL action came in a March game against the Islanders as he stopped 9 of 11 shots in relief of Henrik Lundqvist in the third period of a 6-2 loss to the Islanders. In 40 games with the re-christened Connecticut Whale, Johnson was 16-22 with two shutouts and had a 2.72 GAA and .901 save percentage.

2011-12: After seeing limited action in brief call-ups with the Rangers the two previous seasons, Johnson did not appear in any NHL games; handling the bulk of the goaltending duties for the AHL's Connecticut Whale during the regular season. He was 22-18-6 in 49 games and had 1 shutout with a 2.49 goals against and a .919 save percentage. He did not see any action in the playoffs as the Whale went with the hot hand in former Alabama-Huntsville goalie Cameron Talbot. Johnson signed a one-year contract with the Coyotes in July 2012.

 

Talent Analysis

Johnson is efficient in his body movements and makes good use of his large frame in covering the net. He has a good glove, and generally stays square to the shooter, but has a habit of giving up some bad rebounds.

 

Future

Johnson was recently re-signed to a one-year extension by the Rangers. Over the last two seasons, in addition to playing in net for the AHL team, after an injury to the NHL backup, he has served behind Henrik Lundqvist. Although he is not expected to become an eventual NHL number one for the Rangers, he could fill the NHL backup role should Marty Biron not be available sometime during the 2011-12 season.