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Nick Johnson is your new Wild first line player

Nov 12, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

Nick Johnson, Kyle Brodziak AP

Nick Johnson is just a guy living the dream in Minnesota now. He’s gone from being a waiver wire pickup in training camp after being cut by the Penguins to getting a shot to shine on the first line alongside Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley in Minnesota.

Johnson getting the shot to play on the top line is thanks to Guillaume Latendresse going out with a concussion. Johnson’s gotten time on the Wild’s third and fourth lines this season and has provided some physical play and a little bit of scoring touch too. On the top line he’ll look to bring more of that physical edge than anything else. Koivu and Heatley can certainly provide enough offense.

It’s not likely going to be a permanent move for the Wild as coach Mike Yeo figures out how to juggle the lineup with Latendresse out of action, but for Johnson it makes for a heck of a fairy tale-like story to go from nearly being sent back to the AHL to being a top line guy. Let’s see if he can make the most of it now.

  1. bigbear42 - Nov 13, 2011 at 3:10 AM

    I thin you’re overlooking the familiarity Yeo has with him from their time in the Pittsburgh organization. It wouldn’t surprise me if he made a big push for the Wild to put in a claim for him.

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