Aug 13, 2019
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>PleaseBanMeForMyOwnGood</b></div><div>There are very few 3rd line forward who score 40+ points. 40+ is generally 2nd line production.</div></div>
The production you want for a second line guy on a championship team is 50-65, at least. Look at the best teams in the league. All of them that you would consider "balanced" have second liners projecting for 55+ points. St Louis has Perron (PPG), ROR (projects 70), Schwartz (projects 70), Schenn (projects 65), and Tarasenko (PPG before injury) in their top six. Tampa's top 6 is all projecting 60+. Same with Toronto, Colorado, Vegas. Boston doesn't have a bunch of 60 point scorers but their reputation is top-heavy and they'll have two players easily over 100 points on the season.
The game isn't a low and slow anymore. Scoring is up, games are faster, and a top-6 player has to hit that 50 point mark to have some legitimacy. Johnsson is exactly the guy you want as your 7th forward if you're a playoff team. He can play up and won't weigh down your top minutes guys if you have an injury, but he just doesn't produce enough to rely on him in a top-6 deployment for 100 games.