Hibbing native Adam Johnson has signed a two-year entry level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins after attending the team’s development camp last week.
The 23-year-old forward would have been a junior and assistant captain on the Minnesota Duluth hockey team next season, but instead the former Hibbing/Chisholm Bluejacket has decided to pass on his final two seasons of NCAA eligibility.
Johnson would have been the team’s top returning scorer in 2017-18 after posting 18 goals and 19 assists in 42 games as a sophomore. As a freshman at UMD he scored six goals and 12 assists.
Johnson is a versatile player that can line up at wing or forward, and he even played a game as a defenseman for the Bulldogs last season when injuries piled up on the blue line.
Johnson is the third member of the 2016-17 Bulldogs to leave school early and sign an NHL deal. Freshman goaltender Hunter Miska signed with the Arizona Coyotes and sophomore defenseman Neal Pionk of Hermantown signed with the New York Rangers.
The Bulldogs are coming off an NCHC Frozen Faceoff title and a loss to Denver in the national championship game at the NCAA Frozen Four in Chicago.