With the NHL Draft right around the corner, we wanted to take some time and profile each American that was named on the final rankings put out by NHL Central Scouting for North American skaters.
You may not have heard much about Isaac Johnson. That’s because he hasn’t played with the Americans yet. Isaac signed with the Ams at the beginning of June and is going to make an immediate impact on the team. Ranked #97 by Central Scouting prior to our pickup, Isaac is a center man with silky stick handling and a ripping wrist shot. He’s going to dangle his way through the defensive lines and in to a pivotal role in our lineup.
How did you feel about your play this last season?
I felt like it was a jump from 28 games to 60 games. The speed of the game was a adjustment that I made fairly quickly.
What are your goals for this next season, for you personally, and for the team overall?
Personally, getting adjusted to the new coaches and new systems. For the team, I want to be part of a team that wins a championship.
What are you doing this off season to not only get ready for August (our camp and possibly NHL camp), but also what are you doing to stay focused on your goals?
I am working out every day sometimes two times a day. Biking, running, and generally staying in shape.
Every kid who grew up playing hockey dreamed of hearing their name called at the Draft. What are you feeling now that the dream is so close to possibly coming true?
I can’t believe that the draft is already here. I remember at Christmas I was thinking about how far away it is and now it’s here. It would be a huge honor to be recruited and be selected in the draft.
What are you going to be doing on draft day? (at your house with family, in Chicago, not watching the draft)
I don’t plan on being in Chicago for the draft. I may be fishing with my buddies, or might be at home with my family and friends.