It’s been a frustrating season for Jack Johnson, who missed the majority of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery and, more recently, has been in Terry Murray’s doghouse a bit. Johnson was taken off all special-teams duties last week, but returned to power-play duty Saturday and had what Murray called one of his best games of the season.
Johnson has four goals, three assists and a minus-15 rating in 24 games this season. Here’s what he thinks about how things have gone this season…
Question: Terry had his meeting with you, then took you off special-teams play, then said you had one of your best games (Saturday). What did you take from that meeting?
JOHNSON: “It was just nice to get feedback from the coach and know where you stand and to know what they’re thinking. What the player thinks and what the coach thinks can be two different things, so it’s just nice to know what the coaches are thinking and what they like and what they want to see.”
Question: Do you have any sense of how you will look back at this season, once it’s over?
JOHNSON: “This was kind of a (bad) year, for lack of a better word. I thought it was going to be one of those big years, and that I would be able to establish myself, but now I’ll just have to wait until next year. There’s nothing I can do about it now. I’m just trying to make the best out of the cards I’ve been dealt and play the best I can the rest of the year.”
Question: Do you feel like you’re starting to get back into a groove at all?
JOHNSON: “Yeah. Like coach said, I’m still trying to earn what they give me. I went through that last year with Crawford and I’m still going through it. Being injured didn’t help me at all with any of that, so like I said, I’m just looking forward to next year.”