First Andreas Johnsson was the sleeper. Then he was the steal. Then he was The Man. Then came the heaviest expectations of his professional career.
Johnsson’s stock has changed so much since the Toronto Maple Leafs grabbed him in the last round of the 2013 draft, 202nd overall, that it feels like they chose a different player entirely. Back then, he was a blindfolded pinata-swing pick, a small and speedy left winger from Frolunda of the Swedish League before small and speedy were en vogue in the NHL. Undiagnosed asthma created the perception that he quit late in shifts, which hurt his draft stock. Once he started taking inhalers every morning and night – something he says he’ll do for life – his motor caught up to his raw puck skills, and so did his numbers.
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