Ross Johnston should be in the New York Islanders lineup on a nightly basis. He proved it again with his impact last night.
Last night, Ross Johnston played a role in ending the New York Islanders eight-game skid. It was the first time he played in over a week and right away you could already tell that he was missed.
He was on the ice for the first two Islanders goals. He even got an assist on the Johnny Boychuk rocket. Johnston didn’t just get on the score sheet he also made his impact felt by dropping the gloves.
In now 14 games this year Johnston has six points (three goals, three assists). Over the course of a full season that would put him on pace for 35 points. That’s a crazy amount of production from a fourth liner.
Although he doesn’t hit as much as Matt Martin did, Johnston kind of reminds me of him. He’s willing to drop the gloves with anybody and he’s a super tough kid.
It doesn’t make sense to keep him out of the lineup. In fact, both he and Wagner should be in the lineup while Tanner Fritz takes a much-needed break. The Islanders fourth line hasn’t been very good this year, but Johnston is breathing new life into. Let’s see if he can continue it and be a part of the team going forward. Play him every night.
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