Marcus Johansson


Landskrona Sweden

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1st round (24th overall), 2009


189 lbs.

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2005-06: Johansson had seven assists in 12 games for Malmo in U-18 Allsvenskan (Sweden’s second league). He had four assists in six playoff games. 

2006-07: Johanssson played for Farjestads’ U-18 team and scored 5 goals with 9 assists and 8 PIM in 12 games. In eight playoff games, he scored 7 goals with 3 assists and had 2 PIM. In Sweden’s U-17 TV-Pucken tournament, he played eight games for Skane and had 5 goals with 5 assists and 41 PIM. He played for Team Sweden at the WJC U-18 tournament and had 4 assists and was +5 in six games. Sweden defeated Canada, 8-3, in the bronze medal game.

2007-08: Johansson split his second season with the Farjestads club between the U-18 team and on loan to Skare in Sweden’s third division before making his Swedish Elite League debut in the playoffs. Johansson was scoreless with no PIM in three games in the SEL playoffs. In 19 games with Skare’s senior team, he scored 2 goals with 10 assists and had 10 PIM. He scored 12 goals with 26 assists and had 16 PIM for Farjestads’ U-18 team. In the U-18 playoffs, he scored 4 goals with 8 assists in eight games. Johansson was selected for Sweden’s WJC U-18 team. In six games, he scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was +3 with 14 PIM as Sweden advanced to the bronze medal game for the second straight year but was beaten by Team USA, 6-3.

2008-09: Johansson saw limited ice time in his first full Elitserien season as Farjestads won the regular season and playoff championships. He scored 5 goals with 5 assists and was +4 with 10 PIM in 45 games while averaging just less than 10 minutes of ice time per game. In the playoffs he played in 6 of 13 games and was -1 averaging 7.23 minutes of ice time. Johansson was loaned to Skare in Sweden’s third league and scored 5 goals with 5 assists in 10 games. He played for Team Sweden at the WJC U-18 tournament; scoring 2 goals and finishing +5 in six games as Sweden reached the tournament final before falling to Canada, 5-1.

2009-10: Johansson moved from winger to center in his second year with Farjestads and saw a bit more action. Johansson’s 10 goals were tied for fourth on the team and he added 10 assists in 42 games while averaging just over 14 minutes of ice-time per game. For the season, he finished with an even plus/minus with 10 PIM. Farjestads slipped to fifth in the twelve-team league and fell to Skelleftea in a seven-game series in the first round of the playoffs. Johansson had five assists and was an even plus/minus with 2 PIM in the playoffs. Johansson captained Team Sweden in the WJC U-20 tournament and scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was +7 despite missing most of the third period in one game after receiving a game misconduct for an elbow on Team USA’s Jerry D’Amigo (Tor) and sitting out the bronze medal game win over Switzerland. Johansson signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Washington in May.

Talent Analysis

Johansson has impressive hockey sense, good technical skills and soft hands. He reads the play very well and is a skilled playmaker. He is a speedy skater that does not shy away from the rough stuff, although he is not really a big time physical player. Johansson is a team player with leadership qualities. He has a strong, accurate shot which he could use more often. He has had concussions in the past so that is a concern.


Johansson is expected to compete for the second or third center role with the Capitals this season despite the fact that he won't be twenty until October. While he is still a bit undersized for the pro game, his play making skills and willingness to compete have impressed the Capitals. Long-term, Johansson projects as a solid two-way forward capable of playing either the center or winger positions.

Washington Capitals enjoying benefits of a fruitful 2009 NHL Draft class

by Josh Buckingham

Marcus Johansson - Washington Capitals

Photo: Selected 24th overall in the 2009 NHL Draft, forward Marcus Johansson has developed into a very solid top-six forward for the Washington Capitals. (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon SMI)

The Washington Capitals entered the 2009 NHL Draft following a very emotional playoff exit where they lost in the Eastern Conference Semifinals to their rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins, in a decisive game seven.

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