Irvine native, Jr. Ducks grad Johnson named USHL Defenseman of the Week
The United States Hockey League (USHL) announced Monday the Forward, Defenseman and Goaltender of the Week for Week 4 of the 2018-19 season.
Defenseman: Ryan Johnson – Sioux Falls Stampede
2 GP: 1 goal, 2 assists, +2 rating
In Sioux Falls’ 6-5 overtime win over the Waterloo Black Hawks on Friday, Johnson scored his first USHL goal and dished out two assists, including the primary helper on Cade Borchardt‘s game-winning goal with just under a minute remaining in overtime. In addition to his goal, the three-point night from the University of Minnesota commit was also the first of his USHL career.
In the Stampede’s 2-1 win over Madison on Saturday, Johnson recorded four shots to go along with a +1 rating to help extend his team’s winning streak to four games.
Johnson has now tallied four points (goal, three assists) in seven games this season, the highest point total of any rookie defenseman in the USHL.
A native of Irvine, Johnson was listed as a B-rated skater on the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Players to Watch List ahead of the 2019 NHL Draft.
Before he suited up for the Stampede, Johnson skated for the Anaheim Jr. Ducks and was selected third overall by Sioux Falls in the 2017 USHL Phase I Draft.
Photo/Sioux Falls Stampede
(Oct. 22, 2018)