Player evaluation: Johnson - LA Kings Insider

JACK JOHNSON
This season: 82 games, 5 goals, 37 assists, 44 penalty minutes, 23:12 average ice time.
The good: For a major chunk of this season. Johnson was the Kings’ only reliable power-play performer. His 25 power-play assists led the Kings and were more than double than any other player, and his 28 power-play points led the team, far and away. When he plays a smart, simple game, Johnson is highly effective, particularly with the puck, as he is a threat to jump into any play or to carry the puck from end to end. Overall, he set a career-high with 42 points.
The bad: It’s dangerous to evaluate players using the plus-minus statistic, but if nothing else it can be used to relatively evaluate players on the same team. Johnson had a minus-21 rating, by far the worst among the Kings’ regular six defensemen (Rob Scuderi was next-worst, at plus-1). Johnson is still prone to high-profile mistakes, both with the puck at the blue line and in his own end, and he scored only one goal in his final 45 regular-season games.
Going forward: Johnson signed a contract extension that will carry him through the 2018 season. That’s a big commitment on behalf of both Johnson and the Kings. It’s easy to forget that Johnson is still only 24 years old. He still has some areas of improvement at the NHL level — in terms of decision-making and consistency — but all the physical tools are in place and Johnson’s highly competitive nature suggests that he will be driven to improve his game.