Johnson recorded a power-play assist and registered three shots on net during Friday's win over Buffalo. The veteran defenseman has turned in a respectable fantasy campaign for deep seasonal settings because of his cross-category production. His 18 points don't move the needle, but with 96 shots, 104 blocked shots, 76 hits and a plus-19 rating, Johnson isn't lost on fantasy owners. Just keep expectations in check because he isn't going to pile on the offensive numbers.
Johnson scored the game-winning goal Saturday in a 7-0 victory over the Islanders. He finished plus-5. Johnson has never grown into the promise of a third-overall pick, but he's been steady for the Jackets. His offense is thin these days -- JJ now sits with three goals and 17 points in 59 games. But his team counts on him for more than scoring. Unfortunately, that makes Johnson a marginal fantasy play in all but the deepest of formats.
Johnson picked up an assist and was a plus-2 in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Jets. Long one of the biggest plus/minus sinks in the NHL -- in 10 previous seasons, Johnson had never recorded a positive rating, with his minus-7 in 2011-12 being his best effort over a full schedule -- he's completely transformed his game this season, and Johnson (plus-20) and his blue line partner David Savard (plus-23) both now sit in the top 10 in the league in that category. He only has one goal and nine points in 34 games, limiting his fantasy appeal, but with the Blue Jackets riding high and winning a franchise record 14 straight games, Johnson will likely continue to be an asset in plus/minus.
Johnson picked up a goal and an assist in the 6-2 victory over the Islanders on Saturday. The score was Johnson's first of the season. He had six last season in just 60 games, so it was nice to finally see the 29-year-old break his goalless streak. Columbus is on a six-game winning streak, and during that stretch, Johnson has a goal and four points with a plus-4 rating. He now has seven points this season.
Johnson collected a first-period assist and registered two shots on net, three blocked shots and two hits over 23:26 of ice time during Wednesday's win over the Ducks. The ice time was a team high for Columbus, and Johnson might continue to see an increased role with Seth Jones (foot) out of the lineup. Given his cross-category potential and modest offensive upside, Johnson is worth a look in deeper leagues. He is also a low-priced consideration in daily contests when Columbus lands in a favorable matchup.
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