OHL Team Eyes Tyler Johnson

Posted: December 4, 2015 by OHLInsiders in Mississauga Steelheads Rumours, Rumours
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The Mississauga Steelheads are intrigued at the possibility of 2016 NHL Draft prospect Tyler Johnson making a jump to the OHL. The Steelheads are looking for a goalie for the future as Jack Flinn is playing out his overage junior season and will not be around for next year. Johnson currently plays in Kansas for the Topeka RoadRunners of the NAHL.

The Firebirds, then the Whalers, selected Johnson in the 7th round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection. Since the restructure of the organization and the move to Flint, GM Terry Christensen has stated that the 2016 NHL draft prospect who at this point had signed with the Whalers has “no future” with his club and has since placed Johnson on unconditional waivers meaning Johnson is now an OHL free agent.

Johnson, a native of Amherst, New York has posted a 2.27 goals against average with a .916 save percentage in 17 games played this year for the same Topeka RoadRunners club that currently rosters former Kingston Frontenacs defender Ryan Hutchinson. Johnson’s play this year has put him in the conversation for the 2016 NHL draft.

If Johnson were to jump ship to the OHL, it is highly unlikely to happen before the 2016 NHL Draft and I struggle to think the Steelheads would be the only team interested in the 1998 born goaltender. Although the Steelheads are the only team I know of who have inquired, many teams who are looking towards the future should have some interest as well. Namely, the Guelph Storm, Sudbury Wolves, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, and Oshawa Generals.

Last season, Johnson enjoyed a season with the Compuware U-18 team with current Greyhounds forward Jack Kopacka. In 18 games played for Compuware Johnson posted a 3.50 goals against average with a save percentage of .813.

UPDATE

Tyler Johnson will be joining the USHL’s Chicago Steel during the World Junior break while Daniel Vladar heads overseas.

Johnson will also be applying to regain his NCAA eligibility which he lost from signing in the OHL with the Plymouth Whalers. If he gains the 3 years eligibility he is seeking, we will not see him in the OHL.

 

 

 

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