Director of NHL Central Scouting, E.J. McGuire
“Stephen Johns played on a real strong defensive team. Big, strong, NHL sized defenseman, shoots right who can handle the puck and play the physical game.”
U.S. Under-18 head coach Kurt Kleinendorst
“Stephen is probably the best athlete in the group. He has size, good skills and is making better decisions on the ice.”
It's a tribute to him, and everything he's done and deserved is coming to fruition tonight with his jersey in the rafters. He's going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. And I said today, if he's not, take my stuff out. If he doesn't deserve to be in there first ballot, no one does. Except for (Wayne) Gretzky, I guess.
— Hockey Hall of Fame member Brett Hull on former teammate Mike Modano, whose No. 9 was retired by the Dallas Stars on Saturday