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Welcome to The Real DFG's Pittsburgh Penguin Autograph Project. My goal is to eventually try and get at least one autograph of every player to lace up the skates in an NHL game for the Pittsburgh Penguins. It could have been for one game or 700 games, I will add them. Occasionally I may post cards of former players in their new team uniforms. While the goal is to get autos in Pens uni's, it isn't always possible. Since the team has been in existence since 1967, the list is pretty large. Last I checked, it was somewhere in the range of 624 different players. Currently, I sit at about 100 autographs (with some duplication). Enjoy the posts.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson was probably in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Not the fact that he was in Pittsburgh but the fact that he was in the Pittsburgh organization at a time when the Pens were building a deep roster of potential call ups on the WBS team.

He was drafted in 2004 in the 3rd round and went straight to college out of the draft.   It wasn't until 2009-10 season that he saw NHL ice time.  The depth depth at wing was starting to develop and because of that fact, he was allowed to go to waivers after only appearing in 10 games over two seasons (it also didn't help that he went on the shelf with a concussion for some of that time).  The Wild picked him up and he seemed to find a home on their checking line.  But the following season he was let go again.

Eventually Phoenix picked him up off of free agency and signed him to a two-way deal but the lockout prevented him from making a lasting impact.  He is now in the Boston Bruins system and has appeared in 9 games in 2013-14.

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