Report: Capitals Prospect Brent Johnson Transfers To Ohio State

Photo: Rich Gagnon / UND athletics

Washington Capitals defensive prospect Brent Johnson, selected in the third round of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, entered the transfer portal for college players on March 20. Johnson most recently played for the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks during the past two seasons, but his ice time greatly diminished.

Mike McMahon of College Hockey News is reporting that Johnson has decided to transfer to Ohio State.

Johnson was generally in the lineup for North Dakota in 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 on 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.

The Capitals now have three defensive prospects playing in the Big 10; Ryan Chesley (Minnesota), David Gucciardi (Michigan State) and now Johnson at Ohio State.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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5 Responses to Report: Capitals Prospect Brent Johnson Transfers To Ohio State

  1. Anonymous says:

    Cant develop if you don’t play. Good move. Balance of NCAA hockey power is shifting, with Big10 getting stronger and stronger.

  2. Prevent Defense says:

    “Scoring skill is ‘God Given’ where Defending Skill can be taught.” This conept was discussed last year when Mike Bossy passed away (Gosh was Bossy ever a “Caps Killer”!). The story goes that NYI Coach Al Arbor approached GM Torrey (1979 or so) and begged for the Islanders to grab and sign Bossy before other franchises could snatch him away. Reasoning was that goal-scoring skill was god-given and largely unteachable, whereas Coach Al could “train” a competent hockey player how to defend. And the Islanders needed scoring. The rest “was history.”

    So we see young Brent Johnson who can do all those sublime, unteachable offensive skills. Let’s grab him!

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Excellent comment, Prevent. Development of a player is a non-linear journey, with fits and starts. It takes time and it’s still way too early to talk potential ceiling for Johnson. Good point.

    • KimRB says:

      Biggest Cap killers ever (a walk down memory lane) :
      Kevin Stevens
      Mario Lemieux
      Mike Bossy
      Daniel Briere
      Rick Tocchet
      Evgeni Malkin
      Dennis Potvin
      Mike Cammalleri
      Luc Robitaille
      And a veritable beer league full of mediocre goaltenders, who all of a sudden became the second coming of Ken Dryden when they faced us, including Sean Burke, Johan Hedberg, Ron Tugnutt, Jaroslav Halak, Ken Wregget etc

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hopefully Brent gets to start every game this fall.

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