Steven Johnson


Excelsior Minnesota

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4th round (120th overall), 2014


185 lbs.

Probability of Success
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2010-11: Steven Johnson played for the Minnetonka High School in Minnesota. He had 8 assists in his junior season and was +11 in 27 games. The Skippers lost to Eden Prairie, 4-0, in the Section 6AA semifinals. 

2011-12: Johnson skated for Minnetonka in his senior season as the Skippers reached the Section 6AA championship game against eventual state champion Benilde-St. Margaret’s. Johnson scored 4 goals with 2 assists and was +16 in 28 games. The Skippers fell to Benilde-St. Margaret’s, 5-1, in the sectional final. 

2012-13: Johnson joined Aberdeen of the North American Hockey League; skating in 59 games in his first season of junior hockey. He scored 6 goals with 17 assists and was -8 with 32 penalty minutes. The Wings missed the playoffs after finishing fifth in the Central Division. 

2013-14: Johnson moved from the NAHL to the USHL — skating for the Omaha Lancers — and in October committed to playing college hockey at the University of Minnesota in 2014-15. In 56 games he scored 5 goals with 26 assists and was +23 with 6 penalty minutes. Omaha finished second in the Western Conference before falling to Sioux City in four games in a best-of-five playoff series. Johnson had 2 assists and was +1 in the series. In his third  year of draft eligibility, Johnson was selected by Los Angeles in the fourth round (120th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft. 

Talent Analysis

Johnson plays a very steady all-around style; coupling that with smooth skating and quick thinking. He has room for improvement in almost every facet of his game and is somewhat raw at this point. He should add bulk and strength while becoming more sound in the tactical and technical aspects of his game during his four-year college career.


Johnson is in his freshman season at the University of Minnesota in 2014-15. With several veteran defensemen in the Golden Gophers' lineup he and fellow freshman Jack Glover (Winnipeg) have seen limited ice time to this point. Long-term it is difficult to predict Johnson's potential off of what he's done this season but the Gophers have consistently churned out NHL-calibre defensemen. He should benefit from four years in the Minnesota program.

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