2010-11: Emil Johansson skated for Division 2 club Aseda IF’s men’s team in central Sweden as a 14-year-old and played for Smaland 1 in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school players. In 31 games he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and had 12 penalty minutes. Johansson had 3 assists and 22 penalty minutes playing for the Aseda IF U20 team. He had no points and 12 penalty minutes in eight games at the TV-Pucken tournament.
2011-12: Johansson appeared in 14 games with Aseda IF’s men’s team, played seven games for Sweden’s U16 team and was a captain for Smaland 1 in his second TV-Pucken tournament. He scored 4 goals with 14 assists for Aseda IF. Johansson scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +7 in international play. He was +1 — scoring 2 goals with 1 assist — and had 6 penalty minutes in eight TV-Pucken games.
2012-13: Johansson played for Sweden in the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August before joining HV71 in Sweden’s top division of junior hockey and won a gold medal with Sweden’s U17 team at the 2013 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +3 in his only game with the HV71 U20 team. Johansson scored 5 goals with 12 assists and was +8 with 14 penalty minutes n 32 U18 games. He had 1 assist and was an even plus/minus in five games for Sweden’s U18 team at the Ivan Hlinka tournament and had 3 assists and 10 penalty minutes at the WHC.
2013-14: Johansson played in his second Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament in August before returning to HV71 and skating for the club’s U20 squad. He scored 1 goal with 6 assists and was +7 with 16 penalty minutes in his first 26 SuperElit league games. Johansson was +4 with 1 assist and 10 penalty minutes in three games with HV71’s U18 squad. In four games at the Ivan Hlinka tournament he was +4 with 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes. He was ranked 12th amongst International skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Boston in the 7th round (206th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
2014-15: Johnansson skated for HV71 in Sweden’s SHL in his first pro season and was an assistant captain for the club’s U20 team. He competed internationally for Sweden at the U20 and U19 levels though he was not chosen for the squad that competed in the 2015 World Juniors. Skating in a lower pairing role for the fifth-place club he had 1 assist and was -9 with 12 penalty minutes, averaging 13:40 of ice time, in 35 SHL regular season games. HV71 lost to Linkopings in the playoff semifinals. Johansson was -1 with no points and 4 penalty minutes, averaging 16:18 minutes of ice time in six playoff games. He played 14 games for the HV71 U20 team, including three playoff contests, and was +1 with 2 assists and 12 penalty minutes.
Johansson is a good-sized blueliner who is only getting bigger. He has decent puck-possession instincts and can make a solid first pass. In the defensive zone he looks to cut off oncoming forwards along the boards and in the corners. Johansson will use his weight to dish out checks in front of his own goal. When he is playing cool and collective, he’s a heady player who shows a good understanding for the game. Johansson is not projected to be much of an offensive defenseman, as he tends to get into trouble when being too active or creative from a puck-rushing standpoint, even if he does have good mobility. He could shoot more from the point and seems to generally have shied away from taking too many chances.
Johansson has skated in every game for HV71 in 2015-16. With veterans such as Chris Campoli and Jere Karalahti as well as the addition of former Red Wings prospect Adam Almquist this year his ice time has been limited at times but Johansson has been much more active on both ends of the ice in his second SHL season. He was also with Sweden's U20 team prior to the 2016 World Juniors. A seventh-round pick in 2014, Johansson has yet to sign a contract with the Bruins and is still a bit of an unknown. His mobility and two-way game suggest there is NHL potential but with the depth in the Bruins' defense corps his opportunity may come elsewhere.