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BRIDGEPORT, CT - DECEMBER 19: Matt Donovan #24 of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers celebrates his second goal of the game which turned out to be the game winner against the Albany Devils at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard on December 19, 2012 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The Sound Tigers defeated the Devils 4-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
BRIDGEPORT, CT - DECEMBER 19: Matt Donovan #24 of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers celebrates his second goal of the game which turned out to be the game winner against the Albany Devils at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard on December 19, 2012 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The Sound Tigers defeated the Devils 4-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 20: Ross Johnston #52 of the New York Islanders stands his ground in the crease during the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Barclays Center on March 20, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 20: Ross Johnston #52 of the New York Islanders stands his ground in the crease during the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Barclays Center on March 20, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Ross Johnston

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.

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