Ryan Johansen

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Ryan Johansen
Ryan Johansen 2011-11-29.jpg
Born (1992-07-31) July 31, 1992 (age 22)
Vancouver, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 223 lb (101 kg; 15 st 13 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
NHL team Columbus Blue Jackets
NHL Draft 4th overall, 2010
Columbus Blue Jackets
Playing career 2011–present

Ryan Johansen (born July 31, 1992) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre with the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). Growing up, he played minor hockey in the Greater Vancouver area until joining the junior ranks with the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) for one season. In 2009–10, he moved to the major junior level with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL). After his first WHL season, he was selected fourth overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Internationally, he has competed for the Canadian national junior team at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he earned a silver medal and was named to the Tournament All-Star Team.

Personal life[edit]

Johansen was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to Randall and Rosalind Johansen.[1] He has a younger brother, Lucas, who plays for the NE Chiefs in the BCMML.[1] He played his first years of minor hockey with the Vancouver Thunderbirds organization until his family moved to the suburb of Port Moody.[2] The relocation meant giving up playing for triple-A teams in Vancouver and diminished exposure to scouts.[notes 1] Nonetheless, he played in Port Moody at the double-A level through to bantam (age 13–14 level),[1] including a peewee (age 11–12) provincial championship.[3] In 2007–08, he played with the Vancouver North East Chiefs of the British Columbia Major Midget League.[notes 2][3]

Playing career[edit]

Johansen was drafted into the Western Hockey League (WHL) 150th overall by the Portland Winterhawks in the 2007 Bantam Draft. Having been offered an athletic scholarship to play with Northeastern University, he opted to play for the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) in 2008–09 to protect his eligibility for the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA).[notes 3][2][4] He appeared in 42 games for the Vees as a 16-year-old, scoring five goals and twelve assists.[4]

Convinced of his ability, the Winterhawks persuaded Johansen to forego university and join their club for the 2009–10 WHL season.[2] In Portland, he joined a line with fellow 2010 NHL Entry Draft prospects Nino Niederreiter and Brad Ross.[5] He finished the year with 25 goals and 69 points in 71 games, second among league rookies behind Kevin Connauton and second in team scoring, behind Chris Francis.[6][7] Helping the Winterhawks make the playoffs one year after finishing last in the WHL,[5] they advanced to the second round. Johansen added 18 points in 13 games, ninth in league scoring and first among rookies,[8][9] despite playing in only two of four playoff rounds.

Johansen during his tenure with the Portland Winterhawks

Johansen rapidly climbed prospect charts for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, starting the year as a potential second round selection,[10] before rising to 16th among North American skaters when the NHL Central Scouting Bureau (CSB) released its mid-season ranking.[5] Johansen's coach with Penticton noted that, as one of the younger players of his draft class, his skill was often overlooked.[10] NHL scouts praised his speed, playmaking ability and vision on the ice but believed he needed to show more consistency and physicality.[4][11] He has been compared to Ottawa Senators centre Jason Spezza,[11] while Johansen has said he tries to model his game after San Jose Sharks centre Joe Thornton.[5] He finished the season as the 10th ranked skater according to Central Scouting and was projected to be a top 20 pick, perhaps as high as top 10.[2] With the fourth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Johansen was chosen by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

A couple of months after his draft, Johansen signed with Columbus to a three-year, entry-level contract on September 9, 2010.[12] With a base salary of $900,000, the deal could reach $1.975 million per year if he achieves all his bonus incentives.[12] Attending his first NHL training camp that month, he did not make the Blue Jackets roster and was returned to Portland on October 2 for another year of junior hockey.[13] Back in the WHL, Johansen was chosen to represent the league at the 2010 Subway Super Series,[3] a six-game exhibition tournament featuring all-stars from the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) against Russian junior players. He completed the 2010–11 season improving to 92 points (40 goals and 52 assists) in 63 games, ranking seventh among league scorers.[14]

Pro career[edit]

Joining the Blue Jackets' training camp for a second year, Johansen made the opening lineup for the 2011–12 season. He made his NHL debut on October 7, 2011, registering 8 minutes and 46 seconds of ice time in a 3–2 loss to the Nashville Predators.[15][16] He registered his first NHL point, an assist on a Kris Russell goal, in a 4–3 loss to the Ottawa Senators on October 22.[17] Three days later, he scored his first NHL goal against Ty Conklin of the Detroit Red Wings. Banking the puck off of Conklin's skate from behind the goal line, the milestone came on the power play and was the game-winner. He also added an assist to help Columbus to their first win of the season, a 4–1 victory.[18] After playing in his ninth game of the season, having recorded two goals and two assists in that span, Johansen was notified by Blue Jackets head coach Scott Arniel that he would remain with the team and not be returned to junior.[notes 4][19] Due to the NHL's decision to lockout the players at the start of the 2012–13 season until a new collective bargaining agreement could be reached, Johansen was reassigned to the Blue Jacket's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate the Springfield Falcons.[20][21] On February 24, 2013, Johansen was re-called by the Blue Jackets for the remainder of the season, which began on January 19 after an agreement was reached. In the 2013-2014 season, Johansen had a breakout year by dishing out 33 goals and 30 assists for a total of 63 points, a career high. He is the third Blue Jacket in franchise history to post 30 goals or more in one season.

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver 2011 United States

Johansen was invited to take part in the Canadian national junior team's selection camp in August and December 2011.[3][22] He was later named to the squad, competing in the 2011 IIHF World U20 Championship, held in Buffalo, New York.[23] Making his international debut against Russia, he scored his first goal for Canada in a 5–3 win.[24] In the quarterfinal against Switzerland, he was named the player of the game,[25] having scored his second goal of the tournament.[26] He scored again in the semifinal against the United States to help Canada advance to the gold medal game,[27] where they were defeated 5–3 by Russia.[28] Johansen finished with three goals and nine points, third in team scoring behind Brayden Schenn and Ryan Ellis,[29] and was named to the Tournament All-Star Team.[30]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Penticton Vees BCHL 47 5 12 17 21 10 4 3 7 2
2009–10 Portland Winterhawks WHL 71 25 44 69 53 13 6 12 18 18
2010–11 Portland Winterhawks WHL 63 40 52 92 64 20 13 15 28 6
2011–12 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 67 9 12 21 24
2012–13 Springfield Falcons AHL 40 17 16 33 20 5 0 1 1 2
2012–13 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 40 5 7 12 12
2013–14 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 82 33 30 63 43 6 2 4 6 4
NHL totals 189 47 49 96 79 6 2 4 6 4

International[edit]

Year Country Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Canada Jr. WJC Silver medal icon.svg 7 3 6 9 2
Junior totals 7 3 6 9 2

Awards[edit]

Award Year
World Junior All-Star Team 2011[30]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Triple-A competition represents the highest level of play within an age group, while double-A indicates the second-highest.
  2. ^ "Midget" refers to the minor hockey level for age 15 to 17.
  3. ^ Playing major junior hockey in Canada makes one ineligible for college hockey in the United States.
  4. ^ A junior-eligible player's NHL contract does not take into effect until he plays at least 10 NHL games in one season.

References[edit]

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  4. ^ a b c Adams, Alan (June 2010). "Top prospects gun for no. 1". The Hockey News: 25. ISSN 0018-3016. 
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  10. ^ a b Sepich, Scott (2009-12-16). "Hawks' Ryan Johansen catching eye of NHL scouts". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  11. ^ a b "Ryan Johansen's Profile". MyNHLDraft.com. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
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  13. ^ "Ryan Johansen". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  14. ^ "2010-2011 Season - All Players". Western Hockey League. Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  15. ^ "Predators 3, Blue Jackets 2 Boxscore". Columbus Blue Jackets. 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
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  17. ^ "Blue Jackets 3 - Senators 4 Boxscore". Columbus Blue Jackets. 2011-10-22. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  18. ^ "Blue Jackets 4, Red Wings 1". Columbus Blue Jackets. Associated Press. 2011-10-25. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
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  21. ^ |url=http://falconsahl.com/index.php?id=2147%7C
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  27. ^ "Game Summary" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. 2011-01-03. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  28. ^ "Game Summary" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. 2011-01-05. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  29. ^ "Player Statistics By Team" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. 2011-01-05. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  30. ^ a b "Media All-Stars" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. 2011-01-05. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
John Moore
Columbus Blue Jackets first round draft pick
2010
Succeeded by
Ryan Murray