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Ryan Johansen spent his first two NHL seasons honing his defensive game but, this season, his offense is kicking in.
Johansen had six goals and 13 points in his first 22 games this season. That's impressive considering he had just five goals and 12 points in all 40 games he played in last year's lockout-shortened campaign. Columbus coach Todd Richards has seen the difference. "He has made a step," Richards said. "He is more engaged in the games physically, he is getting involved in the corners and along the walls. It looks to me like he wants the puck more and as a player when you want the puck, especially with his talent, he's able to play with the puck more and is able to make more plays."
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Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen helped his team beat the Ottawa Senators handily 4-1 on Sunday.
Both Johansen and Fedor Tyutin scored a goal and an assist today. Johansen has been streaky this season. He has 13 points in 20 games, but they've mostly come in uneven bunches. He has four multi-point games this season.
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Ryan Johansen had a goal and two assists in the Blue Jackets 5-2 win Saturday.
The fourth overall pick in the 2010 Draft is starting to show some offensive numbers that were expected of him when the Blue Jackets took him so high. It was the first time in his NHL career that Johansen had a three point night. He has five goals and 11 points in 16 games, one point less than he had last season in 40 games. He is worth picking up in most pools as he is seeing time as a top-six forward in Columbus with Brandon Dubinsky and R.J. Umberger.
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Center Ryan Johansen had a goal and an assist to help the Blue Jackets defeat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 in Columbus Sunday.
Johansen notched his second goal of the season into an empty net. He also contributed with his third assist of the season and he was a plus-two in the game. Also netting goals for the Blue Jackets were Marian Gaborik (third) and R.J. Umberger (first).
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Ryan Johansen is working to make sure he doesn't end up spending more time in the press box after being scratched during the AHL playoffs.
AHL Springfield coach Brad Larsen wasn't convinced that Johansen was giving him his all. The incident was made all the more unfortunate because Johansen had a solid campaign in the NHL before being sent to the minors after the Blue Jackets' season ended. "Ryan is a good kid, and he wants to be a big-time player," Larsen said. "To me, it's nothing but a wake-up call. He's going to be a real good player, and it's our job to help him get there." Johansen is projected to start the 2013-14 campaign with the Blue Jackets.
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Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said he hopes Ryan Johansen takes his recent benching in stride but noted "I' don't really care' if Johansen was unhappy playing in the AHL.
Johansen was a healthy scratch for Springfield during Game 4 of the AHL playoffs and coach Brad Larsen said he didn't feel like Johansen's level of play was where it needed to be. "I think this is probably going to be a disappointment [to him], to say the least, maybe even a bit embarrassing," said Kekalainen, who also noted the fourth overall pick in 2010 will have to earn an NHL spot in training camp next fall. Johansen played in 40 NHL games this season, scoring five goals and 12 points.
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Ryan Johansen spent Game 4 of the AHL playoffs as a healthy scratch for Springfield.
He recorded one assist and a minus-8 rating in the first three games of the series in what ended up as a second-round sweep for Syracuse. "I just felt like his level of play wasn't where it needed to be," coach Brad Larsen said. "We talked after Game 2, and I tried to ramp him up. In Game 3, we just felt like he wasn't all there, like he wasn't invested 100 percent." He didn't require permission from the team's brass to scratch Johansen, but they understood and supported his decision. Johansen played better defensively down the stretch for the Blue Jackets, but he recorded just 12 points in 40 games.
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With the Columbus Blue Jackets eliminated from postseason contention center Ryan Johansen will join the Springfield Falcons of the AHL to assist with their playoff chase.
Johansen made progress throughout the NHL season and will be a great asset for Springfield, who currently lead the Manchester Monarchs 1-0 in their opening round series.