Penguins make a sneaky-good move in adding Johnson

The player: Jack Johnson, 31, defenseman
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The eye-rolling was palpable when Johnson’s name was first linked with the Pittsburgh Penguins. During the past two seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Johnson has been an analytics pariah, with a negative possession and goals-for percentage relative to his teammates. He was a healthy scratch last season for the first time in his career. His off-ice drama involving his parents’ bad investments of his money and personal bankruptcy has thrown his career off track.

Not to mention his Shattuck-St. Mary’s connection with Sidney Crosby that many expected was the reason he was tendered an offer.

Positionally, it gives the Penguins a fourth left-handed defenseman to go with Brian Dumoulin, Olli Maatta and Oleksiak.

Financially, that’s Radko Gudas money for a reclamation project. Yes, the term is a bit of a surprise, considering he’ll be 36 years old when it’s done, but the money works.

Overall grade: B-plus
It’s a gamble on a player whom Rutherford is confident in, to continue a trend in which the Penguins flip struggling defensemen into blue-line stalwarts.

There are plenty of detractors for this move — many of them Penguins fans. We’re a bit more optimistic that the change in scenery does him good. In Gonchar we trust.

Naturally, questions came up about his father, LaVar, who was not at the workout Friday. Some may wonder if the head of his household contributed to his not being selected, but that remains to be seen.

Doncic helped Real Madrid win a championship last year, but he’s a little out of shape and still young (19), which means there could be some growing pains as he moves to the NBA. The Mavericks also found a solid player in Trey Hopkins Womens Jersey Dennis Smith Jr. last season, but he’s a shooting guard just like Doncic. Dallas needed a point guard, and neither Smith nor Doncic are really suited for that role. These guys should have just kept the players they drafted.

The Bulls are quietly putting together an intriguing squad — With Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen and Bobby Portis already providing upside and production, the Bulls looked like a team just a few pieces from being interesting in the down Eastern Conference. Selecting Duke’s Wendell Carter Jr. No. 7 overall was a steal. Carter is a Vladislav Namestnikov Youth Jersey big, athletic forward who can shoot and create his own shot. He might be better in the NBA than in college as he will be able to move around with more freedom.

Chicago then used its second first-round pick on late-blooming Boise State forward Chandler Hutchison — a 6-7 streaky shooter. The Bulls aren’t going to win a championship next year or the year after, but this is a young team with potential.