Blackhawks Sign Luke Johnson

After rumors circulated that it would happen, the Blackhawks made it official on Friday.

Chicago announced the team has agreed to terms on a three-year entry-level contract with North Dakota center Luke Johnson.

Johnson, 21,  was named to the NCAA Midwest Regional all-tournament team in 2016 and 2015.

13 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign Luke Johnson

  1. I think he’s got a little more size than Schmaltz but he’s no where close to the player Schmaltz is. Hopefully a couple years in the AHL makes a difference.

  2. re: “no where close to the player Schmaltz is” – Johnson is more of a bottom-six shut-down center than a top-six player. Different players, different roles. And Johnson is a really good defensive center who skated on the second line for the national champions at North Dakota. He’ll win faceoffs and blocks shots and score big goals. Ben Smith 2.0?

  3. Always liked Luke’s game… kinda Kruger/Desi like…
    does nothing great… but everything well…

    Q- will like this kid… If he can skate as well as Kruger… I think Luke has a chance to see some NHL time in next year/two… his skating looks fine In NCAA… but we will see how it compares versus the Big boys!!!

  4. Hey Skip. The players know how long they have been out on instinct. Usually full out skating for 60 seconds and you’re bagged.

    A golden rule for young players is to never enter the offensive zone twice unless you have a clear odd man rush. So, if you start in the offensive zone, have to go back to the defensive zone then on your next advance to offense shoot it in and change.

    If there is a whistle in the D zone I would change the line if they started on offense or were on for more than 30 seconds.

    There is nothing worse for amateurs than those 2 minute shifts.

  5. Because if players over extend their shift this happens.

    https://youtu.be/xyDV5s6JajE

    Olcyzk said Keenan told him to keep the door shut and to push him back on the ice when he tries to come off. This after a 1:15 shift. Typically it’s around 45. 60 is a rarity.

  6. Lol…Ernie. Figures the bastard scores.

    Again for Skip…It’s different for the pros but in amateur hockey you also try to always change on the transition from defense to offense. Especially the first two forwards back. You don’t change on the back check unless you’re looking to piss your coach off.

    Didn’t one of Taresenko’s goals come on a bad change in one of the early games? The one where Rossivol coffed it up in the corner on a shoot in and Taresenko was left wide open. I’m pretty sure the forwards changed on the back check on that play and left the Hawks out numbered. Bad line changes really cost you at that speed.

  7. So, the lacklustre Leafs win the draft lottery. Can they also land Stamkos to go along with that? That is if the guy will ever be the same or even has a career left in the NHL. Winnipeg will pick up that Laine fellow with the Ovechkin comparisons and the Central gets even tighter. Columbus, who cares?

    I’m still in shock and doing my own post modem. We have/had a great team and its too bad because all the pieces where there. Some of those guys had not played that much post season previously so why the excuse that we were tired and worn out. Should Sharp and Oduya not be worn out as well?

    Next season it will be Kane and Panarin vying 1-2 for the scoring title. Seabrook will prove many of you dead wrong, Hossa will tear it up from the third line and Crawford wins the Vezina just out of spite and for the hell of it.

  8. I also had the same thoughts on Stamkos. He hasn’t quite been the same since he broke his leg. Someone will overpay. They’ve been rather cryptic as far what surgery he had. By all accounts he has thoracic outlet syndrome. Which means the removal of a rib. But they recently termed it “vascular surgery”. Jets will probably take Laine, so that goes any chance of Ladd resigning there most likely. Leafs would pick up Auston Matthews. There will be a ton of trades. Oilers could trade Taylor Hall when they draft yet another winger in Puljujarvi, Matthew Tkachuk,or Alex Nylander. It will be a very interesting off season.

  9. Kucherov for $5-$6M is a way better deal/asset than Stamkos at $8-10M

    Johns for $1M– me likes more… than Seabs @ $7M… and that deal will only get worse for the Hawks as years go by!!!

  10. Losing John’s will likely haunt us for some time. Have to be careful here or you know who will weigh in and call us all idiots and remind us for the 500th time that we know nothing. The Sharp deal , likely not involving John’s, was almost done with Montreal and then some trivial thing happened and the clock ran out. The guy sure is proving his mettle with the Stars. Oh well, c’est la vie. Not sure that you can accurately state that Seabrook will start going backwards. His leadership qualities, playoff experience and point production are priceless.

  11. @Mining Man – I also don’t go along with the idea that the team had played too much hockey over a several year span and they were just tired. They might have been too slow overall, and aging such that it affected their energy output consistently, but I don’t think it was cumulative effects of too much hockey. Maybe the inexperience of some guys in intense playoff series….I don’t know. Came really close regardless.

    In addition, Quenneville said in the exit interview that guys were as healthy going in to the playoffs as they had been, overall as a team, in a long time. Didn’t think there would be any post season surgeries like in previous years.

    Quenneville was using some qualifiers, but he essentially said that Shaw was irreplaceable. He used that exact term. Admitted though that discussions that would be had later and the overall team situation would dictate things in the end.

    I’d hate to see Shaw go because he’s the only guy who gets to the net and stays there. Everyone else is usually behind the play or does a flyby. Wasn’t too thrilled with Ladd overall. Seemed to be cocky, without really adding all that much of a huge spark. He did score more than Kane, Toews, Panarin. Some will differ with that opinion of mine for sure. Won’t be coming back anyway.

  12. IMO, everyone is overstating the loss of Johns. Do I wish he was still in our system? Of course, but let’s not pretend that he is some high caliber NHL defenseman at this time. I have not seen a ton of Stars hockey, but from what I have seen in the playoffs, he has been mediocre at best. Lots of turnovers, some penalties, missed assignments. I understand that he is young and will likely grow into a better player, but right now he is nothing more than a average (at best) 3rd line defenseman.

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