The Toronto Maple Leafs called up a couple of players on emergency basis Tuesday, including Andreas Johnsson, who is often considered the team’s best prospect yet to make his NHL debut.
When Sportsnet’s Luke Fox asked Travis Dermott in mid-February which player on the Marlies could most easily make the jump to the NHL, the defenceman chose the 23-year-old Swede.
“That’s a guy who could easily transfer into the NHL. He’s got the elite speed, elite hands, elite mind for the game. If he got thrown into a couple NHL games,” Dermott said in a recent Quick Shifts article, “he’d excel if not do just fine.”
Andreas Johnsson will make his NHL debut for #leafs tomorrow, per Mike Babcock.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 13, 2018
Johnsson will play his first game for the Leafs on Wednesday night at home against the Dallas Stars and in practice on Tuesday he was skating on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Kasperi Kapanen.
A skilled speedster with seemingly huge upside, Johnsson was selected with the 10th-last pick in the entire 2013 NHL Draft. Since then, he’s shown excellent progression and is hoping to join the likes of countrymen Henrik Zetterberg and Patric Hornqvist as seventh-round picks that turned out to be hidden gems.
Here’s what you need to know about Andreas Johnsson.
From: Gavle, Sweden
Weight: 190 pounds
Position: Left wing
Drafted: 202nd overall by Maple Leafs in 2013
Contract status: Last season of entry-level contract. Set to be RFA this summer.
A DECORATED PLAYER IN SWEDEN’S TOP LEAGUE
Even though he was a seventh-round pick in the NHL draft, Johnsson left the SHL very accomplished for such a young player.
In his first year in the league, right after being drafted, Johnsson scored 15 goals and 24 points …read more