Blue Jackets select Michigan’s Kent Johnson with 5th overall pick in NHL Draft


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The Columbus Blue Jackets selected Kent Johnson from the University of Michigan with the 5th overall pick in the NHL Draft on Friday.

CBJ’s draft pick was the second biggest news of the day for the team after trading defenseman Seth Jones to the Chicago Blackhawks along with the 32nd overall pick and a sixth round pick in 2022.

In return, CBJ receive Chicago defenseman Adam Boqvist, the 12th overall pick in 2021, a second round pick this year and a 2022 first-round pick.

Johnson, 18, recorded nine goals and 18 assists for 27 points with three power play goals and a cumulative +16 plus/minus rating in 26 games in his first season at the University of Michigan in 2020-21. He was named to the NCAA (BIG10) All-Rookie Team and the NCAA (BIG10) Honorable Mention All-Star Team. Johnson led the team in power play goals and ranked second on the club in points and assists.  He also ranked second in rookie scoring in the BIG10 and third in the nation in rookie points per game. In addition, his +16 plus/minus rating landed him 10th in the BIG10.

The Port Moody, British Columbia native tallied 61-86-147 with 40 penalty minutes in 111 career outings with the Trail Smoke Eaters in the British Columbia Hockey League from 2017-20.  He led the BCHL in goals, assists and points in 2019-20 with 41-60-101 and 14 power play goals in 52 contests during the 2019-20 regular season.  The 6-1, 167-pound center was also awarded the BCHL’s Most Valuable Player (Vern Dye Memorial Trophy), Top Scorer (Brett Hull Trophy) and Most Sportsmanlike Player (Bob Fenton Trophy) following his 2019-20 campaign.

Columbus also owns the 12th and 25th overall picks in the first round as the team holds a watch party at Nationwide Arena.

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