Kent Johnson Excels In Matchup Vs. Fellow Prospect Corson Ceulemans

By Jacob Nitzberg on October 30, 2021 at 2:30 pm
Kent Johnson skates with the puck.
University of Michigan

In a battle of 2021 first-round picks, Kent Johnson and Corson Ceulemans squared off over the weekend.

Johnson's #2 Michigan Wolverines (6-2) faced Ceulemans' Wisconsin Badgers (3-5) on Thursday and Friday night. Michigan won 3-0 on Thursday, but the Badgers salvaged a split on Friday night with a 4-2 victory. 

Ceulemans had a quiet weekend, registering four shots on goal and a block over two games. Johnson, however, excelled. The fifth overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft tallied two goals and an assist. 

In Thursday's game, Johnson opened the scoring with a one-timer, finishing a pass from fellow first-round draft pick Owen Power. Then, he found Nick Blankenburg with a beautiful pass, and Blankenburg made it 2-0.

On Friday night, Johnson scored a highlight-reel goal to pull Michigan within one goal in the third period. He received a pass in front of the net and went in-between his legs to beat Wisconsin netminder Cameron Rowe. 

Through eight games, Johnson has 4-6-10, which is good for second on the Michigan team. He's likely to begin his professional career next year, but for now, he'll have to settle for lighting up the NCAA.