Tyler Johnson
Born July 29 1990 (1990-07-29) (age 30),
Spokane, Washington
5 ft 8 in (0 m)
185 lb (84 kg; 13)
Position Center
Shoots Right
NHL team Tampa Bay Lightning
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NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2011–present

This article is about the member of the Tampa Bay Lightning born in Spokane in 1990. For the retired player of the same name born in 1989, see Tyler Johnson (b. 1989).

Tyler Johnson (born July 29, 1990) is an American professional ice hockey player. He is currently a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Junior[edit | edit source]

Johnson was selected by the Spokane Chiefs with their 11th-round pick in the 2005 WHL Bantam Draft.[1] In his first season with this team, in 2007–08, he appeared in 69 regular season games, scoring 13 goals and 29 assists. The Chiefs won the Ed Chynoweth Cup that season as the league's champions. The Chiefs subsequently earned a berth in the 2008 Memorial Cup, where they defeated the Kitchener Rangers by a score of 4–1. Johnson played in all 21 playoff games, scoring five goals and adding three assists. He was named the WHL playoffs' Most Valuable Player[2] as a 17-year-old rookie.

Johnson during his time with the Spokane Chiefs.

In the 2008–09 season, he played in 62 games, scoring 26 goals and 35 assists for 61 points and adding another five goals and three assists in 12 playoff games. The 2009–10 season saw Johnson's numbers improve, as he tallied 36 goals and 35 assists in 64 games. He also added three goals and five assists in seven playoff games.

Johnson's 2010–11 season proved to be his best yet as he became the 15th Chiefs' member of all-time to hit the century mark (100 points), with 53 goals and 62 assists, making him the leading goal scorer and second-leading points scorer in the WHL. He ultimately finished the season with career highs in goals (53), assists (62) and points (115), while also leading the team in power play and shorthanded goals and ranking third with a plus-27 ranking.[3] He was named Player of the Month for the WHL for December 2010. He was also voted as the Best Overage Player, Top Defensive Forward, Best Skater, and Top Faceoff Man, second in Most Valuable to Team, and third in Most Accurate Shot in the Best of the West 2011 poll.[4]

Professional[edit | edit source]

Johnson signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning in March 2011.[5] Johnson's smaller size is known to be the reason he went undrafted.[6]

Johnson played the 2011–12 season with the Norfolk Admirals, the Lightning's top American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. In March, he went on a 13-game scoring streak, including back-to-back two goal games, the longest streak by an AHL rookie in more than six years. This streak helped him earn the Reebok/AHL Player of the Month award for March 2012.[7] Tyler Johnson was a key player in the Norfolk Admirals record winning streak of 28 games, which is a professional hockey league record.[8] He was also a key player in Norfolk's first ever Calder Cup that Season.[9]

In the 2012–13 season, Johnson would play the majority his time with Lightning's new AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch. He would go on to lead the AHL in goals scored and named the regular season MVP. At the end of the season he was awarded the President's Award for outstanding accomplishments on the ice. Johnson and the Syracuse Crunch went on to go to the finals and would eventually lose to the Grand Rapids Griffins[10] On March 14, 2013, he was called up by the Lightning and made his NHL debut against the New York Islanders. He would score his first NHL goal in his second game on March 16 against the Carolina Hurricanes.[11]

In his rookie NHL season with the Lightning in 2013–14, Johnson established himself on Tampa Bay's top offensive line and finished the season with 24 goals and 26 assists for 50 points in 82 games. He was selected as a NHL Calder Memorial Trophy nominee for the league's top rookie. The trophy, however, eventually went to Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche,[12] though Johnson was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team.[13]

The following season, 2014–15, Johnson followed up his breakout season in the NHL by scoring 29 goals and 43 assists for a total of 72 points in 77 games with the Lightning, finishing 15th overall in points in the League. He also finished third in the NHL in plus-minus rating of +33 for the season, also being chosen for the 2014–15 NHL All-Star Game. On April 27, 2015, during the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, Johnson became the first player in Lightning history to record three multi-goal games in a single playoff series. He also tied Ruslan Fedotenko for the Lightning single series goals record, with six. On May 20, 2015, Johnson tied Ruslan Fedotenko for most post-season goals in Lightning history.[14] On May 18, Johnson became the first Lightning player to score a hat-trick in the playoffs, as well as the first to score a short-handed and power play goal in a single playoff period. He also set the Lightning multi-goal game record for the playoffs with his fourth of the 2015 playoffs.[15] On June 6, Johnson scored his 13th goal of the playoffs, the highest output in a single playoff year by a Tampa Bay player.[16] Early in the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals, Johnson suffered a broken wrist, but he continued to play through the injury. However, this prevented him from taking faceoffs, and limited his production to just one goal.[17]

On November 15, 2016, Johnson recorded his 100th career NHL assist.[18] The assist came in a 4-3 Lightning win against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.[19] On February 19, 2017, Johnson recorded his 200th career NHL point against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.[20] On February 23, 2017, Johnson played in 300th career NHL game.[21]

International play[edit | edit source]

Medal record
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Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2010 Saskatchewan

Johnson has also excelled in international competition, helping the United States to the gold medal at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Canada, recording three goals and five points with a plus-4 rating in seven games. He was named player of the game in their first round game against Canada.[22]

Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Spokane Chiefs WHL 69 13 22 35 34 21 5 3 8 24
2008–09 Spokane Chiefs WHL 62 26 35 61 52 12 5 3 8 8
2009–10 Spokane Chiefs WHL 64 36 35 71 32 7 3 5 8 0
2010–11 Spokane Chiefs WHL 71 53 62 115 48 14 7 7 14 9
2011–12 Norfolk Admirals AHL 75 31 37 68 28 14 6 8 14 6
2012–13 Syracuse Crunch AHL 62 37 28 65 34 18 10 11 21 18
2012–13 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 14 3 3 6 4
2013–14 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 24 26 50 26 4 1 1 2 0
2014–15 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 77 29 43 72 24 26 13 10 23 24
2015–16 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 69 14 24 38 20 17 7 10 17 12
2016-17 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 66 19 26 45 28
NHL totals 308 89 122 211 102 47 21 21 42 36

International[edit | edit source]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2009 United States WJC 4th 6 1 0 1 2
2010 United States WJC Gold medal icon.svg 7 3 2 5 25
2014 United States WC 6th 8 6 3 9 2
Junior totals 13 4 2 6 27
Senior totals 8 6 3 9 2

Awards and honors[edit | edit source]

Award Year
Playoff MVP 2008
WHL Champion 2008
Memorial Cup (Spokane Chiefs) 2008
West First All-Star Team 2011
Most Goals (53) 2011
Brad Hornung Trophy 2011
West Player of the Year 2011 [23]
All-Rookie Team 2012
Calder Cup (Norfolk Admirals) 2012
First All-Star Team 2013
All-Star Game 2013
Willie Marshall Award 2013
Les Cunningham Award 2013
President's Award 2013 [10]
All-Rookie Team 2014 [24]
NHL All-Star Game 2015 [25]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 2005 WHL Bantam Draft List. Western Hockey League.
  2. SPORTS – Locally Grown – Spokane Chiefs – Tyler Johnson
  3. "Chiefs Win – Johnson Hits Century Mark", Spokane Chiefs, February 25, 2011. 
  4. Fowler, Annie. "Best of the West 2011", The Tri-City Herald, February 13, 2011. 
  5. "Johnson Signs with Tampa Bay", Spokane Chiefs, March 7, 2011. 
  6. Conday, Michael. "Little Man, Big Winner", Minnesota Wild, July 17, 2010. 
  7. "Johnson named Player of the Month", April 2, 2012. 
  8. "Admirals close regular season with 28th straight win", April 16, 2012. 
  9. "Admirals sweep Toronto, win AHL's Calder Cup", June 10, 2012. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 Crunch forward Tyler Johnson named President’s Award Winner. Syracuse Crunch (July 11, 2013).
  11. Lightning 4, Hurricanes 1 – 03/16/13. Tampa Bay Lightning (March 16, 2013).
  12. Avalanche's MacKinnon wins Calder Trophy. National Hockey League (2014-06-24). Retrieved on 2014-06-27.
  13. NHL announces 2013–14 All-Rookie Team. National Hockey League (2014-06-24). Retrieved on 2014-06-27.
  14. Burns, Bryan (April 27, 2015). Lightning force Game 7 with 5–2 win in Detroit. Tampa Bay Lightning Beat Writer. Retrieved on April 27, 2015.
  15. Burns, Bryan (May 18, 2015). Lightning level series with 6–2 win over Rangers. Tampa Bay Lightning Beat Writer. Retrieved on May 18, 2015.
  16. Burns, Bryan (June 6, 2015). Bolts even up Stanley Cup Final with 4–3 win over Blackhawks. Tampa Bay Lightning Beat Writer. Retrieved on June 6, 2015.
  17. O'Brien, James (June 15, 2015). Injuries revealed: Johnson’s wrist was broken, Bishop played through groin tear. NBCSports ProHockeyTalk. Retrieved on June 16, 2015.
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  19. Hogg, Dave (November 15, 2016). Nikita Kucherov sends Lightning past Red Wing. NHL.com. Retrieved on November 15, 2016.
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  22. "U.S. National Junior Team Falls in a Shootout, 5–4, to Canada", USA Hockey, December 31, 2009. 
  23. "Five Chiefs earn post season honors", March 23, 2011. 
  24. Tucker, Cam (June 24, 2014). Lightning forwards Johnson, Palat named to NHL 2014 All-Rookie team. NBC ProHockeyTalk. Retrieved on January 21, 2015.
  25. Burns, Bryan (January 10, 2015). Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson Named NHL All-Stars; Drouin to Compete in Skills Competition. Tampa Bay Lightning Beat Writer. Retrieved on January 21, 2015.

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