Sabres select defenseman Ryan Johnson with last pick in first round

Johnson just recently won the Clark Cup in the USHL with Sioux Falls

Brayton Wilson
June 21, 2019 - 11:42 pm

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With the 31st overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres have selected defenseman Ryan Johnson from the Sioux Falls Stampede in the United States Hockey League.

The Sabres made Johnson the last pick of the first round of the NHL Draft, a pick that was originally owned by the St. Louis Blues before the Ryan O'Reilly trade last summer.

The 17-year-old defenseman played in 54 games with the Stampede last season, scoring six goals and 25 points in that span. In the postseason, Johnson scored two goals and registered eight points on the way to helping Sioux Falls to a Clark Cup title.

Standing at 6' 0" and 170-pounds, Johnson has been said to be a skilled skater with good hockey sense and compete level. While he may not be the flashiest of players, he is a solid defender and a good team player.

Johnson's father, Craig Johnson, played 10 seasons in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues, Los Angeles Kings, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Washington Capitals. In 557 NHL games as a left winger, Johnson scored 75 goals and registered 173 points. He is also currently serving as a development coach with the Kings.

Johnson is committed to play his college hockey at the University of Minnesota.

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