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01-21-2011, 03:38 PM
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seventieslord
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Melville selects Mike Johnson, RW



Mike Johnson had a very respectable 661-game career that kinda flew under the radar. He was not a great physical player despite his size, but he was a good producer, particularly at even strength, and a very frequent penalty killer (27%). Most of the best point producers left are one-dimensional types who never killed penalties. Those who did kill penalties to the degree Johnson did, didn't or haven't yet come close to his 661-game track record. This makes him a much more useful and established offensive player than the available defensive guys, and a much more useful and established defensive player than the available offensive guys. A classic tweener. Not really a 9-5=4 guy, maybe 6-2=4 (a bit soft and injury prone are his downfalls)

Johnson played 10 NHL seasons, strangely being remarkably durable in 7 of them (76+GP), but playing just 11-57 games in the other three.

Johnson can be useful in small doses to an MLD/AAA team. With 376 dead puck era points, he wouldn't be the worst offensive player there, and he certainly wouldn't be the worst player in a defensive/PK role either. Just don't expect him to carry a line - he is a complementary player.

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Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 2004
has an advanced knowledge of how to use the ice offensively and defensively... protects the puck on the boards... knows then to dart and doesn't just stand around waiting for defensemen to tie him up... puck movement on the PP is exceptional... a terrific skater with the kind of speed that will always earn him an NHL job... can tary puck carriers when killing penalties and has the one-step quickness to be a shorthanded threat...


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