In his rookie season at the University of Maine, he had six points (five goals, one assist) in 32 games played. He earned Hockey East Rookie of the Week honors for the week ending October 27th after posting two goals that weekend. In the 2002-03 season, Johnson played for the New England Junior Coyotes (EJHL), where he amassed 56 points (28 goals, 28 assists) in 50 games played. During that season he participated in the top prospects tournament. He was also named the Coyotes’ Defensive (non-defenseman) Player of the Year. He is the younger brother of Boston University alumnus Gregg Johnson.
Johnson is a fiercely competitive forward. He possesses great ability to make plays in traffic and is very good around the net. Despite his small stature, he has good body strength and doesn’t shy away from playing the body. He possesses a quick shot release. Johnson is a fast skater with good acceleration. He also possesses the ability to drive the net. He can be a real grinder who is very good down low. Johnson is also a hard working player who also possesses very good hockey sense.