Ryan M. Johnson
(born June 14, 1976) is a Canadian
professional ice hockey centre
who is currently a free agent.
Panthers and Lightning
Johnson was drafted by the Florida Panthers
in the second round, 36th overall, of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft
. He subsequently played two seasons of college hockey
with the University of North Dakota
. He scored 19 points in 21 games, splitting the 1995–96 season with the Canadian National Team.
In his first three seasons with the Panthers, Johnson played with Florida's AHL
affiliates, the Carolina Monarchs
and the Beast of New Haven
. In 1999–2000
, he earned a full-time roster spot with the Panthers, but was traded during that season to the Tampa Bay Lightning
with Dwayne Hay
in exchange for Mike Sillinger
on March 14, 2000.
Johnson spent one full season with the Lightning, scoring 21 points in 2000–01
. On July 10, 2001, he was traded back to the Panthers with a 6th round draft choice (later traded back to Tampa Bay) in 2003
in exchange for Vaclav Prospal
. However, he missed the majority of his first season back in Florida from a head injury suffered on December 22, 2001, against the St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Blues
Near the trade deadline of the next season, he was placed on waivers and picked up by the St. Louis Blues on February 19, 2003. Johnson spent four full seasons with the Blues, playing with the Missouri River......