The Los Angeles Kings and defenseman Jack Johnson, a restricted free agent, agreed to terms Friday on a two-year contract.
The 22-year-old, selected No. 3 in the 2005 Entry Draft by Carolina and traded to Los Angeles in September 2006, had 6 goals and 5 assists for 11 points in 41 games for the Kings in 2008-09. He missed 41 games after sustaining a shoulder injury on Oct. 13. The six goals tied him for the most by a Kings' defenseman last season, and he was fifth on the ice in average ice time at 20:16 per game. The 6-1, 225-pound native of Indianapolis also led the Kings and tied for first among NHL defensemen with three shootout goals, in six tries.
Johnson, along with teammates Dustin Brown, Jonathan Quick and Rob Scuderi, was invited to attend the 2009 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp in Woodbridge, Ill., next month. He played for Team USA the 2009 World Championships and led all defensemen with five goals.
Johnson was selected as the Kings’ Best Newcomer and Outstanding Defenseman at the close of the 2007-08 season after going 3-8-11 with 76 penalty minutes in 74 games. He finished third among NHL rookies with 21:41 of ice time per game and was second among rookies and second on the Kings with 136 blocked shots. Johnson, who was selected to participate at the YoungStars skills event as part of the 2008 NHL All-Star Weekend in Atlanta (Jan. 26, 2008), scored his first NHL goal at Vancouver on Oct. 19, 2007, and earned his first NHL point with an assist at Dallas on Oct. 10.
Johnson, acquired by the Kings from Carolina along with defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky for center Eric Belanger and defenseman Tim Gleason on Sept. 29, 2006, has 9 goals and 13 assists for 22 points with 140 penalty minutes in 120 NHL regular-season games – all with the Kings.
Johnson made his NHL debut with the Kings against Vancouver on March 29, 2007, two days after he signed with Los Angeles after completing his sophomore season at the University of Michigan, where he was named the CCHA’s Best Offensive Defenseman and selected to the All-CCHA First Team.