Luke Johnson
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Luke Johnson

Hometown:

Grand Forks North Dakota

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1994-09-19

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2013

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

5th round (134th overall), 2013

Weight:

165 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2010-11: Luke Johnson played for Grand Forks High School in North Dakota, appearing in 25 games for that school. He scored 17 goals and added 25 assists, for 42 points. Johnson also played for Team Great Plains in the Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League, scoring 9 goals and 12 assists in for 21 points in 20 games. He also picked up 1 assist in 3 playoff games for Great Plains. Johnson committed to the University of North Dakota starting in 2013-14.

2011-12: Johnson played his first season in the USHL for the Lincoln Stars. In 55 games for that club, Johnson scored 20 goals and added 35 assists for 55 points. In 8 playoff games, he notched 1 goal and 1 assist for 2 points.

2012-13: Johnson competed in his second USHL season for the Lincoln Stars. In 57 games, he scored 19 goals and 27 assists for 46 points. Johnson went scoreless in 5 playoff games. Johnson played for Team USA at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge, picking up 4 assists in 4 games. Johnson also took part in the 2012 All-American Prospects Game, as well as the 2013 USHL Top Propsects Game. He will play for UND starting in the fall of 2013. Johnson was ranked 96th by CSS among North American skaters in the final rankings and was selected by Chicago in the fifth round (134th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Johnson skated in all 42 games for North Dakota in his freshman season. He scored 8 goals with 13 assists and was plus-9 with 26 penalty minutes. Five of his eight goals came on the Fighting Sioux power play. North Dakota finished second to St. Cloud State in the newly-formed National Collegiate Hockey Conference and lost to Miami, 3-0, in the NCHA semifinals; earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Midwest Regional after defeating Western Michigan in the league’s third-place game. The Fighting Sioux defeated Wisconsin and Ferris State to win the regional; falling to Minnesota 2-1 in the Frozen Four semifinals on a goal in the game’s final second.

Talent Analysis

Johnson is a skilled center that was hampered by inconsistency in his draft year. He is capable of playing both ends of the ice well and is strong on the faceoff dot, but he showed only flashes of his ability to take over games offensively. With a quick shot and a willingness to drive the slot, Johnson has the potential to score goals in bunches. Engaging physically and mentally with more consistency are areas that Johnson could improve as he develops at the college level.

 

Future

Johnson is skating for the University of North Dakota as a sophomore in 2014-15. Overshadowed by some of the high scoring forwards for the Fighting Sioux as the team has been one of the top teams in the country to start the year, he is playing a strong two-way game that should translate well to the next level.

 

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