Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Getting To Know Your 2010 U.S. Men's Olympic Hockey Team: Jack Johnson

Installment three of defenseman slated to play olympic hockey in Vancouver next week, just after the jump.

When we talk about Jack Johnson in this feature, we don't mean the singer/songwriter, and we don't mean the boxer. We mean the 23-year-old left-handed-shooting defenseman that plays professional hockey for the Los Angeles Kings. Johnson was selected in the first round (third overall) of the 2005 NHL draft by the Carolina Hurricanes, and you should know this: His numbers are terrible. For starters, he never suited up for Carolina. Instead, he was traded to L.A. for Oleg Tverdovsky, Eric Belanger, and (now-Olympic teammate Tim Gleason). He saw action in only five games as a rookie. In four years with the Kings, he has seen playing time in only 177 games. He has logged just shy of 4000 minutes of ice time, scored 15 career goals with 31 assists. He has earned a mere 182 PIMs, and currently holds a despicable -57 in the plus-minus. The native Indianan matriculated at the University of Michigan where he set some records, but has shown little flair for much of anything in the pros, save his ability to miss up some Canadians:

which I guess is reason for naming the guy to your squad. I guess.