After 7 Year Wait, Lucas Johansen Has Made The Capitals Opening Night Roster

WASHINGTON, DC – Lucas Johansen was on the ice for practice when Spencer Carbery called him out in front of the rest of the team. And then, yelling and stick taps from his teammates took over as he got the news he’d been waiting seven years to hear: he made the Washington Capitals.

Johansen, who was originally taken in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft, has been through ups and downs over the course of his tenure in D.C., from injuries to setbacks to camps where he almost broke through but didn’t do enough to remain up at the NHL level. This time, though, things are different, as he did everything right to impress the coaching staff and stick with the big club.

Lucas Johansen Helps Hershey win 12th Calder Cup

PALM DESERT, CA – For the 12th time in their storied history, the Hershey Bears are Calder Cup champions.

The Bears extended their league record and captured their first championship since 2010 with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Coachella Valley Firebirds tonight at Acrisure Arena, winning the Calder Cup Finals series four games to three.

Capitals Re-sign Lucas Johansen to One Year Contract

WASHINGTON, D.C – The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Lucas Johansen to a one-year, two-way contract ($700,000/$95,000), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Johansen, 22, recorded two assists in nine games with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season. The 6’2″, 190-pound defenseman missed most of last season due to injury.

Johansen brothers team up for charity, hope to go head-to-head on the ice soon

PORT MOODY, BC – Ryan and Lucas Johansen will hit the links this week to help raise some cash. Somewhere down the line, they’re bound to hit the rink with opposing agendas.

The Port Moody brothers have teamed up with the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation for the Ryan and Lucas Johansen Charity Golf Classic, which goes Tuesday at the Swan-e-set Golf and Country Club.

They are bound to be chasing each other around in the winters to come. Ryan, 25, is a front line centre with the Nashville Predators. Lucas, 20, is a defence prospect with the Washington Capitals. The Capitals did use the 28th overall choice in the 2016 NHL Draft to nab his rights, so it’s easy to suggest that the former Kelowna Rockets rearguard has a future with the big club.

Now bigger, next year quicker: Caps prospect Lucas Johansen tries to strike a balance

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Lucas Johansen saw the signs.

The Washington Capitals prospect watched the NHL draft last weekend and noticed how many defensemen who look like him were picked. They were smaller and shiftier, and they reinforced Johansen’s view that the NHL is transforming into a league in which great skaters thrive. It forced him to reconsider his preparation because, a summer after trying to bulk up by eating two chicken breasts and a potato every two hours, he wondered whether getting bigger is still the right move.

“A lot of guys will train to get as strong as they can and then lose a little quickness putting on so much weight,” Johansen said Tuesday after the team’s development camp opened at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington. “I want to be strong and quick and lean and as heavy as I can get without losing that quickness.”

Defenseman Lucas Johansen ‘looking like an outstanding draft pick’

As Lucas Johansen stepped onto the ice for his first NHL preseason game Monday, it didn’t feel all that different from the summers he spent training with his brother, Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen. Skating with professional hockey players such as Brenden Dillon, Derek Grant and Jake Virtanen in Vancouver was a normal offseason for Lucas, so playing against NHLers in an exhibition for the first time didn’t spook him.
“For a first game, to have that kind of poise playing defense, you don’t see it very often,” associate coach Todd Reirden said. “So, it’s fun to watch, how he goes about the game. Certainly, I think it’s helped growing up in the family that he has and being around some of the players he’s practiced with. I think he has some special tools, in terms of his ability to slow down the play and see some things that other players don’t. He’s looking like an outstanding draft pick for us and a real great prospect moving forward.”

Playing in the NHL runs in the family for Lucas Johansen

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — Lucas Johansen was just 12 years old when his older brother was drafted. He remembers looking over at his parents and noticing how sweaty their palms were. As Ryan Johansen experienced just about every emotion as he waited for his name to be called, Lucas focused on the bright lights at Staples Center instead of the tension next to him.
Ryan’s stress was short-lived, the fourth overall pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2010 NHL draft. When that pick was about to be announced at this summer’s NHL draft in Buffalo, Lucas was the one anxiously waiting, and Ryan decided to remind Lucas what was at stake.
“I kept saying, ‘As long as you don’t go top three, I’m fine,’ ” Ryan said earlier this summer. “I need to be able to keep those bragging rights.”