Johansson, a defenseman from Gothenburg, Sweden, played 15 of his 17 NHL seasons with the Washington Capitals, helping them reach the Stanley Cup Final in 1998.
The Buffalo Sabres selected Johansson in the first round (No. 14) of the 1985 NHL Draft. He played two more seasons in Sweden before coming to North America for the 1987-88 season and playing 71 games and scoring 42 points (four goals, 38 assists). However, his offensive numbers (13 points; two goals, 11 assists in 47 games) weren't as good in 1988-89, and the Sabres traded him to the Capitals on March 7, 1989.