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Minnesota Wild grabs another defenseman named Johansson in the 5th round

Jun 22, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; A general view of the draft board with the first round picks after the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center. Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota didn’t move up, trade back, or really make any deals to seek out players in this draft. No, they stood pat with all their picks. With no 4th round pick in hand, Minnesota had to wait until the 5th round (pick 148 overall) to take yet another Swedish defenseman named Johansson.

Simon Johansson

Simon Johansson is a full year older than Filip Johansson who was picked by the Wild in the first round. From Djurgarden’s Super-Elite league, the defenseman notched 16 goals and 20 assists in 43 games. He even played 8 games in the SHL, the adult league in Sweden that isn’t supposed to be a development league. He scored just the one goal in those 8 games as he stepped up to tougher competition.

The plans are that he’ll stay over and pay a full season with Djurgarden-SHL another year. The son of former SHL star Thomas Johansson, Simon has hockey in his blood. The Boo, Sweden native grew up playing multiple sports as he was a goalkeeper in soccer, and played center in ice hockey (obviously).

When Johansson scored his first goal in the SHL he couldn’t believe it. Translated from the D.I.F website:

The goal, it was just pure joy! I was actually surprised that the puck went in, I did not understand it at first, but after a while I thought: “Shit! I’ve really scored in the SHL!” It was sick... I actually saw the puck go in the goal and the net raging behind and everything.

Simon Johanson Career Stats

Season Team League GP G A TP PIM
Season Team League GP G A TP PIM
2013-2014 Djurgårdens IF U16 U16 Div.1 1 0 0 0 0
2014-2015 Djurgårdens IF U16 U16 Div.1 23 9 11 20 12
Djurgårdens IF U16 U16 SM 8 4 4 8 4
Djurgårdens IF J18 J18 Allsvenskan 1 0 0 0 0
2015-2016 Djurgårdens IF J18 J18 Elit 17 1 7 8 6
Djurgårdens IF J18 J18 Allsvenskan 18 1 6 7 8
2016-2017 Djurgårdens IF J18 J18 Elit 6 2 4 6 6
Djurgårdens IF J18 J18 Allsvenskan 1 0 3 3 0
Djurgårdens IF J20 SuperElit 41 7 14 21 18
2017-2018 Djurgårdens IF J20 SuperElit 43 16 20 36 20
Djurgårdens IF SHL 8 1 0 1 0
Sweden U19 (all) International-Jr 4 4 1 5 4
2018-2019 Djurgårdens IF J20 SuperElit - - - - -
Djurgårdens IF SHL - - - - -
Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr - - - - -
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A right shot defenseman, he’s a player that ranked very well by Corey Pronman of The Athletic. Sure, he’s an over-ager, but he can skate, is offensive-minded, and his 6’2” frame allows him to protect the puck well. Pronman labeled him as, “one of the most dangerous offensive defensmen in Sweden’s top junior circuit.

His cousin is Alexander Wennberg, who was drafted 14th by the Blue Jackets in 2013.

He’s widely regarded as a project, but he has some raw skills there, especially on offense that can be developed even more.