FC Rank 9
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Univ. of Michigan
168 lbs
Place of Birth
North Vancouver, BC  

Johnson, selected in the first round (No. 5) of the 2021 NHL Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets, is a wizard with the puck who can read the ice, anticipate situations and dangle his way through the offensive zone. I thought his skating was very effective in this game. He was able to use some really good speed on the forecheck and take away time and space from defenders with good angles and an active stick. Johnson was very good in puck support, especially in the neutral zone where his understanding of how to vary his speed allowed him to be well positioned and available to receive pucks while in motion. Johnson was able to transition the puck up ice, initiate controlled zone entries and showed excellent lateral movement and sudden directional changes. He looked very comfortable with the puck on his stick at top speed and he dazzled his way through traffic with deceptive moves that had defenders off-balance and reaching. I thought he had a quick release and sneaky changes of angle when shooting but I was more impressed by his ability to freeze the defense with fakes before moving the puck. Overall, Johnson was able to push the pace and explore creative options which added stress on the opposition every time he had the puck. He doesn’t have much desire to play a physical game but Johnson is willing to take pucks to the net and he use speed and stick work to compete along the boards and in the corners in a manner that leverages his skillset and plays to his favor. It seems that Johnson’s trajectory would have him finish this season with Michigan before potentially moving into the Columbus system, but I feel he may be better served to play an additional NCAA year following this one and enter the pro ranks when he is more physically mature.

Shaun Richardson
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Game Results

November 11, 2021
Penn State

Player Report

Skating 6
Shooting 6
Puckhandling 9
Playmaking 7
Offensive Awareness 7
Defensive Awareness 5
Compete 6

Kent Johnson's Reports

Dec 29/21 Kent Johnson 23079 – Austria vs. Canada WJC-20 by Mat Sheridan View Summary
Dec 29/21 Kent Johnson 23074 – Russia vs. Canada WJC-20 by Joey Fortin Boulay View Summary
Dec 22/21 Kent Johnson 23006 – Michigan vs. Penn State NCAA by Shaun Richardson View Summary
Jan 28/21 Kent Johnson 21643 – Michigan vs. Notre Dame NCAA by Justin Froese View Summary
Dec 5/20 Kent Johnson 21425 – Arizona State vs. Michigan NCAA by Dylan Galloway View Summary
Nov 25/20 Kent Johnson 21375 – Michigan vs. Wisconsin NCAA by Josh Bell View Summary
Nov 24/20 Kent Johnson 21368 – Michigan vs. Wisconsin NCAA by Joseph Aleong View Summary
Nov 22/20 Kent Johnson 21360 – Michigan vs. Wisconsin NCAA by FCHockey Staff View Summary
Nov 19/20 Kent Johnson 21342 – Arizona State vs. Michigan NCAA by Brandon Holmes View Summary