Hershey Bears defenseman and 2016 Capitals first-round pick, Lucas Johansen, has been on a hot streak lately with two goals in his last three games. It seems that some of the talented defenseman’s success can be attributed to some studying that he’s doing to improve his game.
According to Chocolate Hockey, Johansen recently requested footage of former teammate Christian Djoos, hoping to study the defenseman’s play and add more of an offensive edge to his game.
“I went into [Reid Cashman’s] office the other day, and I said ‘Hey can you set me up with some clips of Djoos of what he used to do,’” Johansen said after the Bears’ game against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Saturday.
“He set me up with some stuff, and obviously we know how creative Djoos is with the puck. Maybe learn a couple of things from the video from what he did. Just try to incorporate it in my game.”
Johansen continued, speaking about the apt unpredictability of Djoos’s play.
“He’s very deceptive,” he said. “He always looks like he’s going to shoot and to be honest you never know what he’s going to do with the puck which is always a challenge as a defender. He moves his feet well, he shows good deception, and that’s kind of the two things I took from him.”
Johansen’s research seems to be paying off. The 20-year-old had goals in consecutive games against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms over the weekend. His goal in the first of the two games was reminiscent of Djoos, as he used a deceptive release with a last-second change of angle to fire the puck into the back of the net.
Djoos, a Hershey Bear for parts of three seasons, joined the Caps lineup this season and has been a bright spot on the roster in the 21 games he has played. Lucas Johansen is currently amidst the first year of the three-year, entry-level contract that he signed last spring and will continue to develop with the Hershey Bears.
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