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Islanders Bring Up Justin Johnson

By Noah Reiss

Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Islanders have called up forward Justin Johnson from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the team’s minor league affiliate, on an emergency basis the team announced today. Johnson 32, was an undrafted free agent who played three years with the the Manchester Monarchs, the Los Angeles Kings’ minor league team before signing a two-way deal with the Sound Tigers on August 2, 2013. He appeared in 48 games with Bridgeport totaling 5 points. Although he is not a point scorer, Johnson has racked up 183 penalty minutes which is good for 13th in the American Hockey League. Bringing up enforcers from the minors has been a trend with the Islanders as of late with the call-ups of Mike Halmo and Brett Gallant. The Anchorage, Alaska native makes his debut in New Jersey tonight against the Devils. This is a meaningless game as both teams have been eliminated from playoff contention. Hopefully Johnson and the plethora of rookies on the Islanders roster will continue to shine bright and lead the team to a victory.