Capitals 2021 Draftee Brent Johnson Enters College Transfer Portal

Photo: Russell Hons / UND athletics

Washington Capitals defensive prospect Brent Johnson, selected in the third round of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, has entered the transfer portal for college players. Johnson most recently played for the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks during the past two seasons but his actual ice time was greatly diminished.

Mike McMahon of the College Hockey News tweeted the news earlier today.

Johnson was generally in the lineup for North Dakota for October and the early part of November, but after suffering from an illness in late November, had trouble getting back in the lineup. He played in the game of December 2 against St. Cloud State, but never played again in a regular season game.

According to Brad Elliott Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald, Johnson was considered to have high-end offensive abilities and could generate scoring chances through his skating and stickhandling. However, his issues on defense left him at No. 8 on UND’s depth chart for the second half of the season. The Fighting Hawks played him in an exhibition game on New Year’s Eve but, as he had issues on defense, opted to go with a more defensive lineup.

For the 2022-23 season, Johnson played in 13 games, scored one goal, and recorded five assists. He was +5 for the season. He took 13 shots on goal and blocked eight shots. He took three minor penalties for the season. In 2021-22, he played in 23 games, scored two goals and recorded three assists. He had 14 shots on goal and had blocked eight shots.

NCAA Transfer Portal Player List

By Diane Doyle

Further Reading
Grand Forks Herald Sports — UND’s Brent Johnson and Jakob Hellsten Enter the Transfer Portal
Capitals College Credits: Mitchell Gibson Remains Undefeated, Brent Johnson Scores First Of The Season
Brent Johnson: 2022 Annual Review And Forecast
Capitals Select Defenseman Brent Johnson In The Third Round Of The 2021 NHL Entry Draft
Grand Forks Herald: Brent Johnson Headlines- UND’s 2021 NHL Draft Class
KVRR: Brent Johnson Excited to Hit the Ice in Grand Forks
UND Fighting Hawks News: Men’s Hockey: Brent Johnson Selected by Washington Capitals in Third Round of 2021 NHL Entry Draft
Elite Prospects: Profile of Brent Johnson
Last Word on Sports: Hockey NHL Draft Scouting Reports Prospects: Brent Johnson
Dobber Hockey: Prospects — Brent Johnson
Sioux Falls Stampede: Article on 2020 NHL Draft

About Diane Doyle

Been a Caps fan since November 1975 when attending a game with my then boyfriend and now husband.
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9 Responses to Capitals 2021 Draftee Brent Johnson Enters College Transfer Portal

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hopefully a new system, coach, and a new college will help him flourish.

  2. novafyre says:

    Just can’t wrap my head around having a Cap named Brent Johnson who isn’t a goalie.

    • KimRB says:

      I remember waaaaaay back in the day, when the Caps and Devils each had a player named Greg Adams. Ron Webber, the old Caps radio guy, used to call them Cap Adams and Devil Adams . There’s two Sebastian Ahos and two Jack Hughes now. I’d kinda like to see the Caps draft defenseman Axel Sandin-Pelikka, who plays a similar game as our own Sandin, just to drive Locker and Beninati crazy.

      • novafyre says:

        Oh no, two axels and two sandins wrapped in one. Couldn’t handle it.

        • KimRB says:

          I saw a picture of a billboard in Buffalo that was cute:

          Three things that are hard to say:
          1. I was wrong
          2. I’m sorry
          3. Uko Pekka-Luukkonen

          That’s a jaw breaker of a name, all righty

    • Diane Doyle says:

      This Brent Johnson was actually named for the goalie. His family was St Louis Blues fans and Brent Johnson was the Blues goalie at that time. But goalie Brent had issues staying healthy and never cemented himself as a #1 so eventually ended up with the Caps as their backup.

  3. dwgie26 says:

    Not good for Brent. Hopefully a change of scenery is good for him and he can develop in a new situation. Sadly, not likely. At least one of their RD in that draft (Iorio) looks promising.

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