Ross Johnston

Hometown:

Charlottetown Prince Edward Island

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-02-18

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2015

Weight:

225 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Ross Johnston played in two junior A games with the Summerside Western Capitals in Prince Edward Island and was the second-leading scorer in the NBPEI midget major hockey league behind Fredericton Canadiens’ forward Peter Trainor skating for the Charlottetown Islanders. He scored 2 goals with 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes with the Capitals. Johnston scored 20 goals with 37 assists and had 109 penalty minutes in 34 games for Charlottetown. The Islanders finished third and competed in the Atlantic Region tournament as the host team. Johnston scored 5 goals with 3 assists and 20 penalty minutes in five playoff games. Johnston was selected by Moncton in the sixth round (91st overall) in the 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft.

2011-12: Johnston split the season between the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats and the junior A Summerside Western Capitals. He scored 2 goals with 5 assists and was -18 with 55 penalty minutes in 38 regular season games for Moncton. The Wildcats finished fourth in the Maritimes and were swept by Halifax in a first-round playoff series. Johnston was -1 with no points and 8 penalty minutes in two playoff games. He scored 12 goals with 17 assists and 55 penalty minutes in 23 games for Summerside Western.

2012-13: Johnston attended the Calgary Flames prospect camp before returning to Moncton for his second QMJHL season. He skated in 53 regular season games for the Wildcats — receiving a 15-game suspension for a high sticking infraction against Halifax’ Brian Lovell. Johnston scored 12 goals with 15 assists and was +5 with 96 penalty minutes. The Wildcats finished second in the Maritimes Division and lost to Victoriaville in a first-round playoff series. Johnston had an even plus/minus with no points and 4 penalty minutes in three playoff games.

2013-14: Johnston was obtained by Victoriaville from Moncton in a June 2013 trade. He led the Tigres with 139 penalty minutes and scored 10 goals with 15 assists, finishing with an even plus/minus in 60 regular season games. The Tigres finished fourth in the East Division and lost to Drummondville in a first-round playoff series. Johnston had 3 assists and was -4 with 6 penalty minutes in five playoff games.

2014-15: Johnston signed a three-year entry-level contract with the New York Islanders in March 2015 following an overage season with Charlottetown in the QMJHL. He made his pro hockey debut with the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers — registering no points nor penalty minutes in two games. Bridgeport missed the playoffs, finishing last in the Northeast Division. Johnston attended development camp with Arizona and the New York Islanders in the summer , and was invited to New York’s main training camp, before returning to Charlottetown — who had acquired him in a summer trade. He scored 18 goals with 14 assists, leading the QMJHL club with 124 penalty minutes despite playing in just 44 games after suffering a broken jaw in New York’s camp; playing his first game in November.

Talent Analysis

Johnston is a potential power forward who is blessed more with size and a good work ethic than he is with skill. He uses his size to his advantage. Johnston will need to continue to develop his technical skills and tactical play to advance up the pro ranks.

Future

Johnston has played with the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers and is currently with the ECHL's Missouri Mavericks in his first pro season in 2015-16. A big player who plays a physical game and is willing to stand up for teammates, Johnston's offensive upside is limited but he is wiling to do the jobs necessary to help his team win.

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