Bjorn Johansson was a gifted rushing defenceman in his native Sweden but he was unable to make a successful transition to the NHL. He was a also an effective international player in the early stages of his career.
Born in Orebro Sweden, Johansson started playing with the Sodertalje team in the Swedish league when he was only 15. He was on hand to represent his country at the first three World Junior Championships from 1974 to 1976. When the youngster scored 30 goals in 36 games for Orebro in 1975-76 he drew comparisons with Toronto Maple Leafs' star Borje Salming. The California Seals couldn't resist choosing him fifth overall in the 1976 Amateur Draft.
While Johansson may have earned a comparison with Salming in Sweden, his NHL play was nowhere near the same level. He played 15 games over two seasons with the Cleveland Barons (the relocated Seals) but never looked comfortable. Even in the CHL and AHL, he remained tentative and eventually headed for home. Johansson spent his last three seasons with Orebro, Vastra Frolunda and Djurgardens before retiring in 1981.