Sound Tiger Stats: 12 G, 18 A, 30 PTS in 141 Games (From 2014-2018)
There’s one thing that Ross Johnston does well, he intimidates the opposition. Maybe even his own players.
Remember, Ross Johnston is a 6’5″ 235lbs take no-nonsense player with a short fuse. We’ve seen the type of damage he can do when he lets his fists do the talking. That’s why he had 327 penalty minutes for the Sound Tigers between 2014 and 2018.
That’s 141 games played with 30 points – 12 goals, 18 assists – and 327 penalty minutes. That’s an average of 2.32 penalty minutes per game. Which was precisely the reason the New York Islanders called him up in 2017-18.
For most of the season, the Islanders were being roughed around. They had little to no physical presence. Sure, Cal Clutterbuck still hit almost everything no skates; he still ended with 226 hits on the season.
But the Islanders were still easy to play against. So they got the towering Johnston to add some teeth to the lineup. It worked. Heck, Johnston even proved to be a little productive. With six points in 24 games. That’s a pace of 21 points over the course of a season. Johnston also put up 62 penalty minutes in those 24 games.
I like having Ross Johnston on the ice. He adds a tough element, but he’s more than just fists. While Johnston’s character can take over a game, he won’t be the one to pick up the team on his back and carry them to victory.