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Johnson eager to display his game full time

If you don’t know who Jack Johnson is, don’t worry. You will soon enough.

Drafted No. 3 overall in 2005, two slots behind his buddy Sidney Crosby, Johnson has been preparing for his first full NHL season. He made a five-game cameo for the Los Angeles Kings at the end of last season following a brilliant two-year career at the University of Michigan. But this time around, the crown jewel of the Kings’ system is in it for the long haul.

Kings fans should be happy about that. Very happy.

That’s because Johnson has been touted as one of those can’t-miss prospects, a combination of Scott Stevens for his heat-seeking, board-shaking hits, and Scott Niedermayer, for his fluid skating and offensive skills. At Michigan, Johnson was known for both, sometimes laying a huge hit and then taking the puck the length of the ice. Going between his legs to undress an enemy defenseman was also not out of the question.

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