The National Hockey League announced the three finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy on Thursday, which recognizes "the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to ice hockey." This award is voted and awarded annually by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.
However, nearly 22 months later, Johns was able to return to game action and appeared in 17 games in the 2019-20 season. He was able to score two goals and add three assists for five points in that time, while averaging 17:40 of total ice-time.
Johns has played in 167 games with the Stars, where he has scored 15 goals and registered 18 assists for 33 points. He was originally drafted in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Flyers will play in the seeding round-robin tournament in the Eastern Conference to play for the top-seed for the conference playoffs along with the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning and the Washington Capitals.
As for Ryan, he appeared in 16 games to start the season for the Senators before entering the NHL/NHLPA Players’ Assistance program on Nov. 20 to get help for alcohol addiction. The 33-year-old had only scored a goal and registered three assists during that span, but he responded in a big way when he returned to the team in February.
An announcement of the winner of the Bill Masterton Trophy will come at a later date.