The Hershey Bears, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Washington Capitals, announced today that they have signed Kelowna Rockets defenceman Lucas Johansen to an amateur tryout agreement.
Johansen, 19, was Washington’s first round selection, 28th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft. The d-man posted 41 points (six goals, 35 assists) in 68 games with the Rockets this season. He also added eight assists in 17 playoff games. The 6-foot-2, 177-pound Johansen finished second among Rockets defencemen in points, goals, and assists. The Port Moody, B.C. native served as an alternate captain for the club. He signed a three-year, entry-level deal with Washington on Mar. 2 that begins in the 2017-18 season.
In three seasons, Johansen played in 202 career games with Kelowna, registering 98 points (17 goals, 81 assists), and a plus/minus rating of +54. Along with former Rocket and current Hershey defender Madison Bowey, Johansen helped guide the Rockets to a WHL championship in 2014-15. Last season, Johansen registered 49 points (10 goals, 39 assists) in 69 games with Kelowna, leading the team’s blueliners in points, goals, and assists, and ranking third among WHL defensemen in power play assists (25). Johansen is the younger brother of Ryan Johansen, a centre on the Nashville Predators.
Johansen will join the Bears for their second round match-up, a seven-game-series against the Providence Bruins.
Johansen will wear #24 with the Bears.