Johnson was named Canadian Junior A player of the year, and the stands at St. Albert’s Akinsdale arena were regularly frequented by pro scouts wanting to see the talented winger. Johnson, a Calgary native, finished the season with 71 points in 51 games, including 35 goals. That’s all the more impressive considering he missed nine games with injury. A solid two-way player, Johnson scored four of the St. Albert Saints’ five shorthanded goals.
2007-08: The most accomplished year of the young forward’s career, the past season saw Johnson finish third on in scoring at Dartmouth with 35 points in 32 games as captain of the Big Green. After finishing the season with Dartmouth, the versatile winger was invited to the Penguins AHL affiliate, where he played in four games during the regular season and made ten playoff appearances.
2008-09: John split time between the AHL and ECHL. With Wilkes-Barres, Johnson scored 31 points.
2009-10: Continued his development, seeing more time on the stacked Penguins, and registering 43 points in 61 games.
Johnson likes to pattern himself after Jarome Iginla. At the Alberta Junior Hockey League level his size allowed him to get to the front of the net, where he scored the majority of his goals. He also has the ability to beat defenders wide with surprising speed and he made many a defender look foolish with a vast array of sneaky moves. As mentioned he plays a solid two-way style, and has good anticipation for jumping into holes and intercepting passes. His only flaws at this point are the flaws of most young players, strength and consistency.