MINNESOTA WILD CLAIMS RW NICK JOHNSON OFF WAIVERS FROM PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
September 29, 2011By Wally Langfellow of Minnesota Score
SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has claimed RW Nick Johnson off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Johnson, 25 (12/24/85), posted three points (1-2=3) and five penalty minutes (PIM) in four games for Pittsburgh last season, while accruing 39 points (20-19=39) and 49 PIM in 48 games with Pittsburgh’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Johnson has played 10 career NHL games with the Penguins, totaling five points (2-3=5). He recorded a career-high 43 points (16-27=43) in 2009-10 with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The 6-foot-1, 183-pound native of Calgary, Alberta, played collegiate hockey at Dartmouth recording 125 points (57-68=125) and 106 PIM in 133 contests (2004-08). He was named to the ECAC Rookie Team in 2005 and was an ECAC First-Team All-Star in 2008. Johnson was Pittsburgh’s third-round pick (No. 67 overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.