Devils Acquire Johnsson from Leafs

The Devils sent forward Joey Anderson to the Toronto Maple Leafs today in exchange for left winger Andreas Johnsson.

Johnsson has three years left on a contract with an average annual value of $3,400,000 according to the Devils Public Relations release on the subject.

Johnsson, a 5-feet, 10-inch, 195-pounder out of Gavle, Sweden, was the Leafs’ seventh-round choice (202nd overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft. The 25-year-old had eight goals, 13 assists (21 points) to go with 14 penalty minutes over 65 games with Toronto last season. The press release also notes that he played in one of the Maple Leafs’ 2020 qualifying round playoff games against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

He has 125 total NHL games under his belt over parts of four seasons, and has scored 30 goals, 37 assists for a career total of 67 points and 46 PIM to go with a plus/minus of plus-12. The press release says that his best season came in 2018-19 when he set career highs in goals (20), assists (23) and points (43) over 73 games played.

Johnsson also won a Calder Cup in the American Hockey League with the Toronto Marlies in 2018 – where he led all skaters in assists with 14 and points with 24. He was named the Calder Cup Playoff MVP that season as well.

He played in the Swedish Hockey League with Frolunda prior to coming to North America. With Frolunda, he won an SHL championship in 2016. He also totaled 104 points (57 goals, 47 assists) over 158 SHL games and was named the SHL Rookie of the Year in 2014.

For Sweden, he played internationally in the 2014 World Junior Championship, winning silver.

Devils General Manager Tom Fitzgerald had the following to say about Johnsson: “Andreas is a hard-working, competitive forward who can slot up and down the lineup. The overall versatility of his game will be a great compliment to our centermen, with his skating, quickness, and scoring touch.”