Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Patrik Allvin announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a two-year, entry level contract with defenceman Filip Johansson.
“Filip plays a solid defensive game and has shown consistent improvement over the past three seasons.” said Allvin. “He will continue to develop his game in Sweden with Frölunda next season, but we look forward to welcoming him to Vancouver for Development Camp at UBC next month.”
Johansson, 22, is coming off his second season with Frölunda HC in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), where he recorded 11 points (3-8-11), eight penalty minutes and a +5 plus/minus rating. He also collected seven points (5-2-7) in nine playoff games, ranking t-1st on the team in goals (5) and co-leading Frölunda defencemen in points (7) to help the team reach the playoff semi-finals.
In 132 career SHL games split between Frölunda HC and Leksands IF, Johansson has registered 26 points (11-15-26) and 34 penalty minutes.
The Västerås, Sweden native has also represented his country multiple times during his career, highlighted by podium finishes at the 2016 World U-17 Hockey Challenge (gold), 2017 Hlinka Gretzky Cup (bronze), and 2018 IIHF World U18 Championship (bronze).
The 6’1″, 176-pound defenceman was originally selected by the Minnesota Wild in the first round, 24th overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.