Johnston has one point, a goal, in 12 games so far this season.
Johnson has been a healthy scratch in four of the past five games for the Islanders and is only used during emergencies or when coach Barry Trotz feels they need his physical presence in the lineup. Johnston does have 35 PIM in those 12 games and isn't afraid to drop the gloves and duke it out with some of the best fighters in the NHL.
Johnston has one goal in eight games this season for the Islanders.
Saturday marked the ninth game this season that Johnston has played after participating in only 17 last season. The reason for this is the rash of injuries that the Islanders have suffered this season. Johnston is on the team because of his fists and not for his ability to light the lamp. Generally, he would only play versus teams that might want to engage in extracurricular activities. Some of the Islanders forwards who were out with injury will be returning to the lineup shortly, which should once again relegate Johnston to the bench more often than not.
Johnston scored a goal, fired three shots on net, blocked another three shots and collected nine PIM in a 5-3 win over the Flyers on Sunday.
The fourth-line winger was playing just his fourth game of the season, but Johnston made a big impact by scoring his first goal. He remains pretty much irrelevant in the fantasy arena, however.
Johnston still hasn't played in a game this season.
This isn't a surprise, as Johnston will only play when coach Barry Trotz feels that his physical presence is needed. The Islanders are having problems lighting the lamp in the early going this season, and Trotz did mention Wednesday that lineup changes may be coming, so perhaps Johnston will get his first chance to play Friday in Carolina.
Johnston finished the regular season with a goal, three assists and a rating of plus-3 in 17 games.
Johnston, who's yet to play for the team in the postseason, was only used when coach Barry Trotz thought his physical presence was needed or when injuries left the coach with little to no choice but to insert the enforcer into the lineup. Johnston will likely return to the Islanders in a similar role next season.
Johnston has been a healthy scratch for the past seven games, and he's only played 17 games this season.
The Islanders are mired in a goal-scoring slump, as they have been held scoreless in back-to-back games and only have 10 goals in their last seven contests. Johnston isn't likely the answer to the Isles' offensive problems, as goal scoring is not his biggest talent, but perhaps his physicality would open up the ice for more skilled players. Still, Johnston is only likely to see the ice if a forward were to come down with an illness or an injury.
Johnston hasn't played since Jan. 12 (18 games).
Johnston only sees game action if the Islanders have minor injuries to a couple of forwards or if Barry Trotz believes he needs the physical presence that Johnston provides. On the season Johnston only has three assists and 23 penalty minutes in 13 games. Those totals may not change much for the rest of the season with the Islanders battling for a playoff spot. If the team were to acquire any forwards before the trade deadline Monday, it may be at the expense of Johnston.
Johnston will be a healthy scratch for the seventh straight game Friday when the Islanders take on the Lightning, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
This should not come as any sort of surprise to anyone as Johnston only finds a place in the lineup when coach Barry Trotz believes his physical presence is needed. Johnston has played in 13 games this season, accumulating three assists with a rating of plus-2. His next chance to play will be Saturday versus the Kings.
Johnston was a late addition to the lineup for the Islanders in their 4-3 victory over the Rangers on Thursday.
Johnston played over Michael Dal Colle as coach Barry Trotz decided that he wanted additional toughness in the lineup. The physical forward played just under eight minutes, accruing two PIM and two hits. Johnston tried to goad Cody McLeod into a fight, but the winger decided against it as the last time they fought, McLeod suffered a broken hand and missed 14 games. The two may next get to discuss their feelings about each other Saturday afternoon when these two teams meet again in Brooklyn.
Johnston is once again expected to be a healthy scratch Thursday versus the Rangers, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Thursday will mark the sixth straight and 11th of the past 12 games that Johnston has watched from the press box. Johnston is one of the best fighters in the game today, but that is also a skill that is needed less and less in today's game. He has three assists to go along with 21 PIM in 11 games so far this season.
Johnston has been a healthy scratch in back-to-back games after playing in three straight.
Johnston is only called upon to play for the Isles if they have nagging injuries to other forwards, or if they feel his physical presence is needed. On the season, Johnston has three assists, 14 PIM and a plus-1 in 10 contests.
Johnson didn't have a point but registered a five-minute major for fighting as the Islanders defeated the Hurricanes 4-1 on Saturday.
Johnson has played in three straight games and four of five due to multiple injuries to his fellow forwards. When Johnson does draw in the lineup, it is for his physical presence. His job is to plant himself in front of the opposing goalie and also to drop the gloves whenever needed.
Johnston will play Saturday versus the Devils, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Johnston will get to play Saturday as Matt Martin will miss the game due to an upper-body injury. The injury to Martin is not expected to keep him out of the lineup long term so this may the only game Johnston will play before being a healthy scratch once again. A successful contest, however, could see the Islanders give Martin another game's rest as New York next lines up Monday versus the Canadiens. On the season, Johnston has one point -- an assist -- in one game.
Johnston assisted on his team's lone goal Wednesday, but the Islanders were defeated by the Ducks in Anaheim, 4-1.
This was the season debut for Johnston, as Isles coach Barry Trotz left the gritty winger in the press box for the first four games of the new campaign. Still, he only recorded eight minutes of ice time, and hoping for Johnston to click offensively will be a fruitless exercise more often than not.
Johnston has been a healthy scratch for each of the Islanders' three games this season.
Although the Islanders signed Johnston to a four-year contract this past July, it seems he won't have a regular place in the starting lineup. The biggest asset that Johnston possesses is his physical play both with his body and his fists. Johnston may only get a start when the Islanders feel they are playing a team that has the same type of player.
Johnston penned a four-year contract with the Islanders on Monday.
Johnston split time between the NHL and AHL last season, but won't have to worry about that this time around as his new deal is a one-way agreement. In his 24 appearances for the Isles, the winger tallied six points, 62 PIM and 19 shots, while averaging just 9:20 of ice time.
Johnston was extended a qualifying offer by the Islanders on Monday, Newsday reports.
Johnston is a physical presence on the ice and will make sure teams don't take any liberties with players like Matthew Barzal and John Tavares (should he re-sign). The qualifying offer was for $735,000, and it should keep Johnston with the Islanders organization next season.
Johnston finished the 2017-18 season with three goals, three assists, and 62 penalty minutes in 24 games.
Johnston provided the Islanders with a physical presence on the ice, something they have been lacking since letting Matt Martin leave via free agency a couple of seasons ago. Johnston will likely compete for a spot on the fourth-line with the Islanders in training camp, but will likely find himself as an enforcer who is only used when the Isles are facing a physical opponent and not as an every game player.
Johnston drew back into the lineup Saturday versus the Blackhawks, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Johnston provides the Islanders with an enforcer type whenever he is in the lineup. Coach Doug Weight places him in the lineup versus physical teams but removes him against more skilled opponents. Johnston has proven that he can use more than just his fists when on the ice, however, as he does have three goals and three assists in 17 games for the Isles. Still, he will likely be a coach's decision most games.
Johnston will be a healthy scratch Thursday versus the Lightning, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Johnston provides the Islanders with a physical presence, but coach Doug Weight must feel that skill will be needed more than an ability to drop the glove in order to defeat Tampa Bay. The next chance for Johnston to play will be Saturday versus the Blackhawks.
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