Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ryan Johnson
Born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Ryan Johnson played a season with the USHL's Thunder Bay Flyers and caught the attention of many pro scouts. He was selected 36th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft then spent two years at the University of North Dakota where he played with his brother, Corey.

The brother of NHLer Greg Johnson, Craig played 28 games for the Canadian national team in 1995-96 then joined the pros with the AHL's Carolina Monarchs the following season. The next year he recorded two assists in a two-game recall with the club and averaged more than a point per game in the AHL with the New Haven Beast.

In 1997-98 he played 37 games for New Haven and one in the NHL, in a season hampered by injuries. He continued to toil in the minors the following year before making the Florida roster out of training camp in 1999. He played a solid fourth line role for 66 games then was traded across the state to the Tampa Bay Lightning for veteran Mike Sillinger. Johnson played 80 games with the Lightning in 2000-01 and was used in a number of situations before returning to the Panthers organization in the summer of 2001.

After one more season with the Panthers, Johnson was claimed by the St. Louis Blues in February, 2003. Johnston spent an enter season competing in the UHL with Missouri during the NHL lockout. When the NHL returned to action in 2005-06, Johnson appeared in 65 games for the Blues which included his 400th career NHL game. After his fourth season in St. Louis, Johnson returned to the rebuilding club in 2007-08 for what proved to be his last season with the club. In the summer of 2008, Johnson signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Vancouver Canucks.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 Thunder Bay Kings TBAHA 60 25 33 58
1993-94 Thunder Bay Flyers USHL 48 14 36 50 28
1994-95 University of North Dakota WCHA 38 6 22 28 39
1995-96 University of North Dakota WCHA 21 2 17 19 14
1995-96 Canada Nat-Tm 28 5 12 17 14
1996-97 Carolina Monarchs AHL 79 18 24 42 28
1997-98 Florida Panthers NHL 10 0 2 2 0 -4
1997-98 Beast of New Haven AHL 64 19 48 67 12 +10 3 0 1 1 0
1998-99 Florida Panthers NHL 1 1 0 1 0 0
1998-99 Beast of New Haven AHL 37 8 19 27 18 -15
1999-00 Florida Panthers NHL 66 4 12 16 14 +1
1999-00 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 14 0 2 2 2 -9
2000-01 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 80 7 14 21 44 -20
2001-02 Florida Panthers NHL 29 1 3 4 10 -5
2002-03 Florida Panthers NHL 58 2 5 7 26 -13
2002-03 St. Louis Blues NHL 17 0 0 0 12 0 6 0 2 2 6
2003-04 St. Louis Blues NHL 69 4 7 11 8 -2 3 0 0 0 0
2004-05 Missouri River Otters UHL 29 7 14 21 12 +8 6 1 0 1 13
2005-06 St. Louis Blues NHL 65 3 6 9 33 -21
2006-07 St. Louis Blues NHL 59 7 4 11 47 -7
2007-08 St. Louis Blues NHL 79 5 13 18 22 -2
2008-09 Vancouver Canucks NHL 62 2 7 9 12 +1 10 1 1 2 2
2009-10 Vancouver Canucks NHL 58 1 4 5 12 -4 4 0 0 0 2
2010-11 Rockford IceHogs AHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
2010-11 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 34 1 5 6 8 -2 6 0 1 1 2
NHL Totals 701 38 84 122 250 29 1 4 5 12


Brother of Greg Traded to Tampa Bay by FloridaMissed majority of 2001-02 due to head injury vs. St. Louis, December 22, 2001. Claimed on waivers by St. Louis from Florida, February 19, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Missouri (UHL), February 3, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, July 2, 2008. Signed to a PTO (professional tryout) contract by Rockford (AHL), December 10, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, December 17, 2010.