UNIONDALE, N.Y. (CP) - Aaron Johnson of Port Hawkesbury, N.S., has signed a one-year contract with the New York Islanders after playing defence last season for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
"Aaron is an important addition for the Islanders," said pro scouting director Ken Morrow. "He is a talented, dedicated player and, at 24 years old, he's just coming into his own as a defenceman.
"His acquisition gives us some depth on the blue-line at the NHL level. Our scouts and our coaching staff are very enthusiastic about Aaron."
If he doesn't crack the big-league lineup in the autumn, he'll get a lot of playing time on the AHL farm in Connecticut.
"He could eat up a lot of minutes and run our power play in Bridgeport," said Morrow. "And he's also a young player you'll see in an Islanders uniform."
In 61 games with Columbus last season, Johnson scored three goals and assisted on 10. In 2005-06, the six-foot-one, 195-pound Nova Scotian was 2-6-8 in 26 games with the Blue Jackets.
He was originally selected by Columbus in the third round of the 2001 entry draft. In 2002-03, his final season in the QMJHL, he was 10-51-61 in 57 games with Rimouski and Quebec.
In three seasons with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch, Johnson played 175 games and was 17-56-73 with 345 penalty minutes.