The 2011 Single-A Draft (roster, picks, discussion, everything)
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12-24-2011, 12:21 PM
10 Years of ATDing
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The Minutemen select right winger
, the two-time NHL 30-goal scorer who is ranked 65th all-time in the book 100 Ranger Greats. In his career year of 1980-81 he had 30 goals, 68 points, 100 PIMs and was the lone Ranger in the NHL all-star game, notching a pair of assists. It was half-expected as he had scored 118 points the year his junior team made a Memorial Cup run and had 98 points as a 1977 AHL all-star. In his sophomore NHL season he was injured but came back in time to score 5 playoff goals on route to the Stanley Cup Finals. He would score multiple goals in three other postseasons in New York, tying the team lead in assists with 6 in 1982 and the team lead in goals with 4 in 1983 in two closely-fought divisional final losses to the Islanders dynasty. He has known intangibles and clutch play.
a feisty right-winger who could score and win the battles along the boards and in the corners
. Most of his career was spent with the New York Rangers where his robust style made him a fan favourite at Madison Square Garden.
As a rookie, Johnstone scored 26 points in 53 games for New York in 1977-78 and represented Canada at the Izvestia tournament in Moscow. He missed a fair bit of the 1978-79 season due to an injury but returned to score five goals in the playoffs as the Rangers reached the Stanley Cup final for the first time in seven years.
The feisty right-winger was particularly effective when he scored four goals in quarter-final win over the Philadelphia Flyers
Johnstone recorded consecutive 30-goal seasons in 1980-81 and 1981-82. In 1981 he was chosen to represent the Rangers in the NHL All-Star Game and set up Bill Barber with the first short-handed goal at the event in seven years.
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