Johnson, an offensive minded forward, played just 48 games with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins this past season after being being called up to Pittsburgh in February. Johnson suffered a concussion in his 4th NHL game of 2010-11 and wasn't able to return to the AHL for the playoffs per league rules.
If Johnson doesn't make the NHL squad out of training camp this season, he will be a solid top six forward with the WBS Penguins in 2011-12. Johnson scored 20 goals in a little over half a season in the AHL last year, so he will definitely boost a forward core that missed offensive weapons in the most recent Calder Cup run.
Here's a look at the forwards signed through next season who could be in the AHL to start the season in addition to Nick Johnson:
Not too bad, especially when you consider the calendar just turned to June. What does everyone think of this signing?