I am sure everyone at this point has heard about the stacked group of freshman coming out of the University of Michigan. While Owen Power and Matt Beniers may be the headliners, Kent Johnson isn't too far behind. In fact, he may have the highest star potential of the bunch.
After an electric season in the BCHL in which Johnson scored 101 points in 52 games, Kent picked up right where he left off at Michigan scoring 26 points and 9 goals in 27 games. This number was good enough to see Kent named to the Big-10 All-Rookie team and was widely seen as someone who "just missed" the conference all star team as he found himself as an honorouble mention.
In terms of his playstyle Kent is a speedy-crafty player whose biggest asset is the things he can do with the puck at top speed. He isn't a player that shys from fancy moves like the lacrosse goal and will sure to have a few goals on sportscentre one day.
Johnson plays a pretty dynamic two-way game but in order to transition to the next level he will most likely need to add some weight and strength to his slight frame. With a little bit more strength and perhaps some work on his finishing capabilities Kent Johnsons absolute ceiling is perhaps similar to the Canucks Elias Pettersson or the Islanders Mathew Barzal. Perhaps a more realistic comparison would be Vincent Trochek, the speedy centreman for the Carolina Hurricanes.
Below is some highlights from Johnsons rookie season at Michigan, as well as @ByronMBader model from www.hockeyprospecting.com
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