The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Nick Johnson to a two-year entry-level contract, it was announced Tuesday by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.
Johnson recently completed his collegiate career at Dartmouth posting 125 points (57 goals, 68 assists) and never missing a game (133) during four seasons with the team. He led the club with 35 points (10 goals, 25 assists) playing all 32 games this season. His 25 assists were a career high and his 35 points equaled a career best. Johnson led the ECAC with six power play goals and ranked third with 17 assists in 22 conference games. He was named first team All-ECAC and first team All-Ivy this season. In addition to his performance on the ice, he was selected team captain and named to the ECAC All-Academic Team. Johnson was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year following the 2004-05 season and was honorable mention during the 2005-06 season. He finishes his time at Dartmouth ranked 10th all-time in scoring.
Johnson was originally selected by the Penguins in the third round (67th overall) in the 2004 NHL Draft. He will join the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL) for the remainder of the season.