Jack Johnson will undergo shoulder surgery that will cost him the remainder of the 2015-16 campaign, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Johnson's season ends having notched 14 points (six goals, eight assists) through 60 contests, with six of the points coming on the power play. The blueliner added 98 hits and 102 blocked shots to that total. He remains under contract heading into next seasons, so expect him to retake a similar role as the Columbus Blue Jackets look for a better 2016-17 outcome.
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Jack Johnson (upper body) will be out indefinitely, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Johnson was forced out of Thursday's game against the Devils with the injury, limiting the defenseman to 10:19 of ice time. According to Portzline, a replacement from the AHL is expected to be named later in the day Friday. Perhaps Justin Falk, who was assigned to AHL Lake Erie upon clearing waivers Thursday, will be considered for a quick turnaround back to the parent club.
Jack Johnson exited Thursday's game against the Devils with an upper-body injury and will not return.
Johnson hasn't tallied a point since going on a hot offensive streak in early January (six points in seven games), but his name continues to float around during trade deadline talks. It's possible the Columbus Blue Jackets are going the cautious route to keep him on the table before the deadline, but expect the team to further update his status in the near future. The blueliner's next chance to play comes Saturday against the Panthers, assuming he's still with the club.
Jack Johnson scored the game-winner in Saturday's 2-1 victory over the Avalanche. He has six points (three goals, three assists) in his last seven games.
The offense is a nice perk, as the rugged American defender had just eight points in his first 37 games. It remains to be seen if Johnson can continue this pace -- he's always teased us with potential, but failed to follow through. Perhaps the arrival of Seth Jones will take way some of the pressure on Johnson's game. It's a hunch, but it could certainly bear fruit.