It’s funny how similar of a season Johnsson and Kasperi Kapanen both had. Johnsson put up 20 goals and 23 assists in his rookie campaign with a +14 rating.
Don’t be surprised to see those totals climb this season, and it will be very interesting to see which line he spends the majority of the season on. Johnsson should provide solid point production and a good plus/minus but all of his other peripheral stats are pretty underwhelming from a fantasy perspective.
He only took 130 shots in 73 games last season, so if he can bring that up to average around 2 shots per game it’ll bump up his value a bit. He’s a player you should be able to get towards the end of most drafts and provide good value in that area.
8. Kasperi Kapanen
Kapanen quietly had a pretty productive 2018-2019 in his first full season in the NHL, putting up 20 goals and 24 assists. It’s anyone’s guess what line combinations are going to look like, but either Kapanen or Johnsson will likely see time with Matthews and Nylander while Hyman is out with an injury.
I think you can make the case for either one in this spot, and they both had very similar seasons last year. Kapanen hits and shoots a little bit more, so I’ll give him the slight edge.