Marcus Johansson was born on October 6, 1990 in Landskrona, Sweden. A standout in his homeland, Johansson was selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals.
Johansson made his North American debut for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League before being summoned to the NHL in 2010. He'd see action in 69 games for the Capitals during the 2010-11 season, scoring 13 goals.
Johansson appeared in 80 games for the Capitals during 2011-12, establishing himself as a bonafide and reliable NHL centreman.