Johnsson scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Bruins. Johnsson has been an offensive revelation in the last two weeks. He has five goals and the same number of assists in his last six games. Johnsson is a sharp play right now and could be a fantasy steal if he continues to see time alongside Auston Matthews.
Johnsson scored a goal and added an assist in Thursday's 5-4 overtime loss to Detroit. The goal came while he was skating with Auston Matthews. Johnsson has a goal and four assists in his last four games and may be on the verge of showing off the skills that earned him the AHL playoff MVP title last season. Get him off your wire.
Johnsson scored three times in a 7:35 span in the first period of Saturday's 6-0 win over the Flyers. It was his first NHL hat trick and he scored them all on former Toronto Marlies teammate Calvin Pickard. Maybe it was the familiarity from all those Marlies practices, but Johnsson got Pickard moving and went five-hole on all three goals. The winger has special skills, but he has struggled so far this season. These goals doubled his season point total to six (19 games). Johnsson has keeper potential, but the Leafs' third line needs to show more consistency before you roster him.
Johnsson will see more playing time in Toronto's "post-Matthews" lineup, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports. Johnsson's last game came over a week ago back on Oct. 20. Now with Auston Matthews set to miss at least four weeks with a shoulder injury, the 23-year-old Swede, having already been a healthy scratch five times this season, will be given a larger role moving forward in his hunt for his first goal of the season.
Johnsson secured his spot on the 23-man roster for Opening Night against the Canadiens on Thursday. Johnsson figures to be in the lineup for Wednesday's opener and will likely see more than nine games in the NHL like he did last season. How long the winger sticks around with the Leafs likely depends not only on his performance, but also when William Nylander (contract dispute) returns to the team. For now, the 23-year-old Johnsson appears to have earned his way into a fourth-line role.
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