Kim Johansson
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Kim Johansson

Hometown:

Malmo Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1988-01-21

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

5th round (141st overall), 2006

Weight:

194 lbs.

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History

Johansson had a decent, although not spectacular, season with Malmö in the juniors. 15 points in 39 regular season games is not really impressive, but on the other hand Johansson is more of a hardworking team player than a finesse scorer. His play with the Swedish junior team has been quite good and he was very consistent in the U18 WJC in Sweden.

2006-07: This was the second full season for smooth-skating center Kim Johansson in Sweden’s under-20 league. The 19-year-old Johansson is proving that he is more than ready to take the next step up in his professional career. By January, Johansson had already set career marks for himself in goals, assists and points, despite having played in 11 fewer games than last season. He had 30 points in 38 games and is widely expected to graduate to Malmo’s Allsvenskan team next season.

During the playoffs, Johansson played a large role in pushing Malmo to the second round before the team was eventually eliminated. In four playoff games, he registered no goals, two assists for two points and 10 penalty minutes.

2007-08: Johansson got off to a good 2007-08 season with the IF Malmo Redhawks Jr. U20 (SWE). His first goal of the season was a shorthanded tally on Sept. 22 in a 7-3 win vs. Huddinge IK. Johansson went on to score the following night on the power play. He recorded the game-winner on Sept. 30 after already adding two assists in the contest.

2008-09: Playing Division 1 hockey with Kristianstads IK, Kim would score four goals and 9 points.

2009-10: Johansson would return to Division 1 hockey with IK Pantern, this time managing to tally seven goals and 20 assists.

Talent Analysis
Johansson is a real two-way player that checks hard in both zones. A speedy skater that accelerates well, Johansson also likes to play physical, despite lacking some strength and muscles. He has good timing in his hits and is surprisingly successful as he hits his opponents with his modest 172 lb - frame. Furthermore, Johansson is a highly skilled penalty killer. Offensively, he has decent tools including a good passing game, but should be more thought of as a future role and team player.