But after being acquired by the Kings in September along with defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky in exchange for center Eric Belanger and defenseman Tim Gleason, Johnson had his sights set on the NHL and finally agreed to terms in March of 2007.
2005-06 Johnson refused Carolina's contract offer and will play collegiate hockey at Michigan.
Johnsons biggest weakness has always been his decision-making wh...
Read more about Jack Johnson Stanley Cup Playoffs: Player Rankings" src="https://res.cloudinary.com/rotowire/image/upload/ar_4:5,c_fill,dpr_auto,f_auto,g_auto:custom_no_override,q_auto,w_100/ialnnpy5rjqy1ffzdjnc.jpg" data-credit="" data-creditlink="" Stanley Cup Playoffs: Player Rankings Published April 10, 2018 Jan Levine ranks the skaters and goalies in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for fantasy playoff leagues. Johnson was not on the Blue Jackets' protected list for the upcoming expansion draft, but is rumored to be one of the players the Golden Knights have agreed not to select in exchange for Columbus' first-round pick (24th overall) in the 2017 draft, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports. 2016-17 A disappointing season ended early for Johnson, as he underwent shoulder surgery in March, limiting him to just 60 games and 14 points.
But he responded to adversity by turning out perhaps his best NHL campaign yet, tying his career high in goals (eight) as part of a 40-point effort for the up-and-coming Jackets.
He remains a crucial part of the team's power play and a top-pairing blueliner alongside partner David Savard, who himself broke out as an offensive force last year.
Johnson is an elite defensive prospect who turned pro late in the season and played the final few games of the season with the Kings.
The deal may eventually go down as one of the bigger steals in NHL history.
The 29-year-old is no longer a top-pairing defenseman in Columbus, with youngsters Seth Jones and Ryan Murray taking on larger roles, but decreased responsibility might not be a bad thing for Johnson, considering his penchant for the occasional brain cramp.
While his overall play may improve, the loss of ice time on the power play will put a big dent in his production.
2009-10 Jackson battled a shoulder injury for half the season and never really got his game in order as a result.
He's got a host of youngsters coming up behind him and has already been passed over by Drew Doughty.