Johan Harju

Basics

Type: 
Out of Organization
Position: 
Left Wing
Shoots/Catches: 
Left
Height: 
6.03
Weight: 
210
Born: 
05/15/1986
Age: 
27
Hometown: 
Overtarnea, SWE
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 6 (#167) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Brynas (SEL)
Projects As: 
Top 6 forward
Prospect Ranking: 
6

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2007
Draft Type: 
NHL Entry Draft
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
6
Pick No.: 
167
Draft Team: 
Lulea (SWE)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Unsigned
Contract End Status: 
RFA

Bio

History: 

Junior Career

Johan Harju spent his entire career in Sweden with the Lulea organization playing at the J18 and J20 levels for Lulea in 2002-2003 at the age of 16. The young forward put up 7 goals and 9 points with 14 penalty minutes and a -3 rating in J18 that season and had 2 goals in 7 games with a +2 rating in J20. The following season, 2003-2004, Harju again split time between J18 and J20 posting 1 goal and 4 points with a +5 rating in 3 games in J18 and 14 goals and 26 points with 8 penalty minutes with a -1 rating in 35 games in J20. He also was a point a game player that season in the J18 playoffs with 4 goals and 7 points in 7 games with 8 penalty minutes and a +5 rating. Despite somewhat respectable numbers, Harju was passed over by the NHL and spent the next three seasons grinding it out on his way to the Elitserien. In 2004-2005 at age 18 Harju spent almost the entire year with Lulea's J20 team scoring 18 goals and 31 points in 33 games with 14 penalty minutes and a +1 rating. He also was loaned to Pitea HC that season for 1 game, his first taste of men's league hockey. In the J20 playoffs, Harju had 2 goals and 4 points with 2 penalty minutes and a -1 rating. 2005-2006 turned out to be a critical season in Harju's development as he finally began to make the transition from Sweden's junior ranks to the Elitserien. Harju's dominating 14 goals and 23 points in 17 games with 4 penalty minutes and a +14 rating in J20 earned him promotion to Lulea's top team where he played 39 games chipping in 3 goals and 4 points with 8 penalty minutes and a -2 rating. Harju also appeared in the playoffs at both levels for Lulea scoring 3 goals and 4 points in 4 games in the J20 playoffs and scoreless with a -2 rating and 20 penalty minutes in the Elitserien playoffs. Harju's breakout season was in 2006-2007 when he scored 12 goals and 22 points in 55 games with a +8 rating and 30 penalty minutes. Then, in 4 playoff games for Lulea against Linkopings, Harju had 2 goals and 4 penalty minutes with a -2 rating. By year's end he had earned promotion from Lulea's checking lines to a scoring line and he had earned the Lightning's 6th round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. The Lightning tried to sign Harju in the summer of 2007, but the forward chose to remain with Lulea for the 2007-2008 campaign. Harju made the most of his time, finishing tied for 10th in the Elitserien with 20 goals in 51 games to go along with 28 points, 55 penalty minutes, and a -1 rating splitting time between third line center and scoring line winger. Harju was also 46% on draws during the season. Unfortunately, Lulea failed to qualify for the postseason in 2008. In 2008-2009, Harju soared even higher, posting an incredible 27 goals and 49 points in 57 games, which was good for seventh best in the league. His 27 goals were also tied for second in the league and his 10 power play goals were fourth best in the Elitserien. Harju became a fixture for Sweden on the EuroTour and also appeared for the Tre Kroner in the 2009 World Championships where he posted 2 goals and 4 points in 9 games. In the summer of 2009, Harju rebuffed overtures from the Lightning and instead chose to go with lifelong teammate Linus Omark and sign with the Moscow Dynamo of the Russian KHL.

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

"There's a lot of people who believe the Swedish Elitserien is the second best league in the world, and Harju dominated it at the ripe old age of 22. It's never a bad thing when they start comparing you to Johan Franzen." -Pete, BoltProspects

Strengths: 

Harju is a pure sniper with a hard, quick, accurate shot. He also has a good 6'3" frame, which he uses to shield the puck down low in the offensive zone. He loves to go to the net and will finish in tight if he has a premiere setup man on his line.

Weaknesses: 

Harju is a late bloomer who was held back early in his career by subpar skating. At just a shade over 205 pounds, he could still stand to fill out his frame with more muscle. He also lacks blow-by speed and has a plodding first step.

Projection: 

There was very little fanfare in the scouting community when the Lightning took Harju in the 6th round of the 2007 draft, but he has shown signs of being quite a steal. His size and shot will no doubt bring to mind instant parallels to former Lightning star Fredrik Modin, and his versatility makes him an excellent candidate to make a quick transition to the NHL if and when he finally comes to North America. The Lightning failed to get Harju over for the 2009-2010 season, but the club has already publicly stated their intention to sign Harju next summer.

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2002-2003 Luleå J18J18 Allsvenskan11 7 29 14|        
  Luleå J20SuperElit7 2 02 0|        
 2003-2004 Luleå J18J18 Allsvenskan3 1 34 0|Playoffs7 4 37
  Luleå J20SuperElit35 14 1226 8|        
  Sweden U18 (all)International-Jr9 0 22 6|        
 2004-2005 Luleå J20SuperElit33 18 1331 14|Playoffs7 2 24
  LuleåSHL4 0 00 0|        
  Piteå HCAllsvenskan1 0 00 0|        
  Sweden U19 (all)International-Jr4 1 01 2|        
  Sweden U20 (all)International-Jr3 1 01 0|        
 2005-2006 Luleå J20SuperElit17 14 923 4|Playoffs4 3 14
  LuleåSHL39 3 14 8|Playoffs4 0 00 20 
  Sweden U20 (all)International-Jr4 1 01 0|        
 2006-2007 LuleåSHL55 12 1022 30|Playoffs4 2 02
  Sweden (all)International2 2 13 0|        
 2007-2008 LuleåSHL51 20 828 55|        
  Sweden (all)International9 2 46 16|        
 2008-2009 LuleåSHL55 27 2249 30|Playoffs5 4 15
  SwedenWC9 2 24 4|        
  Sweden (all)International23 3 58 12|        
 2009-2010 Dynamo MoskvaKHL55 4 1418 38|Playoffs2 1 01
  SwedenWC9 4 15 4|        
  Sweden (all)International24 9 413 14|        
 2010-2011 Tampa Bay LightningNHL10 1 23 2|      -
  Norfolk AdmiralsAHL63 23 3053 20|Playoffs6 1 01
 2011-2012 LuleåSHL53 15 1025 16|Playoffs5 1 12
  LuleåET8 5 38 4|Playoffs3 1 01
  SwedenEHT3 0 00 2|        
  Sweden (all)International12 2 35 4|        
 2012-2013 BrynäsSHL55 18 1028 16|Playoffs4 0 00
  BrynäsET7 3 25 2|Playoffs1 1 01
 2013-2014 BrynäsSHL55 19 928 20|Playoffs5 2 13
  BrynäsET8 1 12 4|        
 2014-2015 JokeritKHL17 1 45 8|        

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