Luke Johnson Leaves

Shortly after fellow classmate Paul Ladue left to sign an NHL deal with the Los Angeles Kings, forward Luke Johnson decided to sign his first NHL deal with the Chicago Blackhawks. The forward plays a strong two-way game as shown by his play in neutralizing the vaunted Connor-Compher-Motte line of Michigan in the NCAA Tournament this past season. Johnson’s line dominated possession against the Wolverine top line and gave UND’s other lines chances to score by neutralizing Michigan’s three best players. Throughout his time at UND Johnson has spent some time in the penalty box. His discipline is one thing that can still be improved, how ever he has taken great strides in that area. Look for Johnson to get plenty of time on the ice with the Rockford Icehogs, the Blackhawks AHL affiliate. Luke will have a chance to compete for a roster spot in a few years, but due to the depth the pro club has at that spot, he will have to play outstanding to merit a spot on the big squad. The Fighting Hawks are now merely waiting on forward Nick Schmaltz’s decision.  The Verona,Wisconsin native was picked in the first round by the Blackhawks two summers ago.

 

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