Prospect on the Move: Stephen Johns to Dallas


Stephen Johns, drafted in the second round by the Chicago Blackhawks, poses for a portrait personnel during day two of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

(June 25, 2010 – Source: Harry How/Getty Images North America)

The Dallas Stars announced the acquisition of Patrick Sharp and prospect Stephen Johns in return for Ryan Garbutt and Trevor Daley. Johns, a defenseman, played with the Rockford IceHogs in the AHL last year.

Stephen Johns, although 23, played his first season in the AHL last season. He attended the University of Notre Dame from 2010 to 2014. It was in Notre Dame where Johns started to make a name for himself.

Johns was invited to the USA World Junior Team in 2011-2012 where he had a goal and an assist in 6 games. In 2013-2014, Johns was put on the Hockey East Second All-Star Team.

As a defensive defenseman, Johns will not put up incredible stats; however, he has a good transition game and uses his vision to help when breaking out of his own zone.

Hockeys Future describes him as a stay at home defender.

"“Johns’ best asset is his ability to dole out punishment through the physical game, though he does lose defensive positioning at times looking for the big hit. Though he may not project as much of a scorer at the pro level, Johns can deliver hard, accurate passes on the breakout and is not shy about taking shots from the blue line to get the puck to the front of the net.” – Hockeys Future"

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill felt the same way about adding Johns.

"“”He brings an element of size and physicality to our mix and we look forward to him coming in and competing.” – Jim Nill"

Stephen Johns will be looking to make the Stars’ NHL roster out of training camp this summer. It is possible that Johns could be kept as a 7th defenseman on the team in case of injuries or fatigue, but I think it is in his best interest if Johns is sent down, barring he is not given a spot on the roster.

Johns is a player who isn’t very young, but will only become more experienced and better by playing more games. Johns only has one season of the AHL under his belt and could use a small stint before being used at the NHL level full time.

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