Name: Jack Johnson, #7
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana
Age: 29, born 1/13/87
Height/Weight: 6 ft 1 in/ 230 lbs
What he has going for him:
Reduced ice time. This may seem like a negative, but it is not. Johnson is an effective defender, but at times last year seemed gassed during the normal course of play. He most likely is also going to be tapped to help bring along rookie defender Zach Werenski, though I believe Werenski will eventually land in the second pairing with David Savard. On a young blue line, Johnson is the veteran leader – even if it is in a diminished role this year.
What he has going against him:
Wants to be an offensive threat so badly that he sometimes forces play getting himself woefully out of position. While I think this will be reduced this year again this year (dropped from 141 to 86 shots over the last two seasons) it will mostly be a reflection of him playing in one of the bottom two pairings for the majority of the season. Hits from Johnson have also dropped drastically in the last two years (157 to 98, though he did play 19 less games last season).
Prediction for this season:
Johnson will be a defensive role player for the Jackets this year and is a decent puck handler on a blue line that has struggled with possession. Signed through ’17-’18, I have to believe this is Johnson’s last contact with the CBJ.
’16-’17 Jackets Rant stat line prediction: Goals: 5, Assists: 10, Total Points: 15