Despite the best efforts of the Carolina Hurricanes, defenceman Jack Johnson has decided to remain at the University of Michigan for at least one more year.
Johnson, the third overall pick in last summer's NHL Entry Draft, informed the Hurricanes through his family advisor on Tuesday that he would not turn pro at this time, even though the Hurricanes made a concerted bid to sign him and immediately insert him into the NHL team's lineup for the stretch drive and playoffs.
The Hurricanes feel as though he's ready to contribute now at the NHL level, but Johnson, a freshman at Michigan, decided he would rather get more seasoning in the college game than make a move now.
"Jack thought long and hard about it," said Pat Brisson, the family advisor. "It was very flattering for him that Carolina was so interested but Jack just feels his development is best served by staying another year at school. It was a tough decision but Jack feels good about it."
The Wolverines were eliminated from the NCAA playoffs last week.
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