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Posted On Wednesday, 09.14.2011 / 10:13 PM

By Ryan Johansen -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Ryan Johansen Traverse City Tournament blog

Johansen leaves Traverse City confident in game

Ryan Johansen, a 6-foot-3, 192-pound center chosen fourth overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets, is one of 26 players within the organization attending the NHL Prospects Tournament this week in Traverse City, Mich. Johansen has agreed to offer NHL.com with a daily blog that will provide an inside look at the tournament both on and off the ice.

Tonight we lost a tough one in double overtime to St. Louis, 4-3. We felt really comfortable going on the 3-on-3. We have a lot of skilled players and Yorkie (Columbus goalie Allen York) was playing really good for us in net, as he has been all tournament. It's kind of frustrating when you call of penalty like that late in the game (tripping at 1:24 into second OT). It wouldn't have affected the game if they didn't call it but it's one of those things … what can you do.

It was pretty neat going up against Brett Ponich and Ty Rattie, who are teammates in Portland (Winterhawks). We're pretty close guys on the team, so it was exciting to play those two tonight.

I got to play against (St. Louis goalie) Jake (Allen) last year as well and he's one of those goalies where you really have to bear down on your shot to get it past him. We had 50 shots and some of the guys on the team were a little frustrated that it wasn't going into the net, but we did a good job. On a good goalie like that, you want to make sure you get as much traffic on him as possible so overall I thought we did pretty well.

For myself, I felt like I had a really strong game and my goal coming in here was to make sure I was leaving really comfortable and feeling confident with my game and I'm leaving here confident now. I have the mindset of making the Columbus Blue Jackets so I'm excited to get back to Columbus for training camp.
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Posted On Tuesday, 09.13.2011 / 11:46 AM

By Ryan Johansen -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Ryan Johansen Traverse City Tournament blog

Johansen to sit out game for Columbus on Tuesday

Hello everyone! We had a practice Monday morning and after practice we all went back to the hotel and had some lunch and then we headed across the street and had a big mini-putt tournament.

Of course, my team won. I was with Brandon Archibald, Allen York and Petr Straka and we came out with the win. There were a couple of side bets and it was fun.

We had a team dinner on the water and it was a beautiful restaurant. After that, we just relaxed the rest of the night and played some X-box and watched a movie so it was all good.

It was pretty big to get that rest in yesterday. I am sitting out Tuesday's game against Minnesota. Rest is a big thing in this sport, and making sure you're staying healthy, so it was nice to have a day off Monday and then to have Tuesday off. I know I'll feel re-energized and I'll be ready to go on Wednesday.  

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Posted On Sunday, 09.11.2011 / 5:50 PM

By Ryan Johansen -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Ryan Johansen Traverse City Tournament blog

Blue Jackets split opening two games

Hi everyone. Well, two games in the books and we earned a split. In our win over Detroit on Saturday, I think we got off to a bit of a slow start and everybody was just kind of getting back into hockey. We were just trying to get the rust out a bit. We came out really good in the second period and everybody was really showing their talent and did a great job and got some goals and we kind of controlled the game from there.

Against Buffalo on Sunday, it was a really close game for two periods and for half of the third there and they have a lot of talent on their team with guys like (Zack) Kassian, Luke Adam, (Marcus) Foligno and (Mark) Pysyk. Both teams have a lot of firepower and it was fun. It's a tough loss but it was a close game midway through the third period.

We came back in both games and that's nice to see that we had the fight in us and were able to come back from a two-goal deficit so that's nice to see. Next up, we have a practice (Monday) and then I'm not really sure what the plan is in the evening since there are no games scheduled. I'm sure we'll do a team dinner or something like that or a team activity.

We have Minnesota on Tuesday so it'll be nice to get back onto the ice. We just have to get our rest here and get the legs back a little bit because it's kind of tough coming right back into hockey after playing two games back-to-back, and one being early in the day. It'll be nice to get a little bit of rest and then get back out there and hopefully pick up some wins.

Until next time.
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Posted On Saturday, 09.10.2011 / 5:12 PM

By Ryan Johansen -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Ryan Johansen Traverse City Tournament blog

Excited to get started

Ryan Johansen, a 6-foot-3, 192-pound center chosen fourth overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets, is one of 26 players within the organization attending the NHL Prospects Tournament this week in Traverse City, Mich. Johansen has agreed to offer NHL.com a daily blog that will provide an inside look at the tournament both on and off the ice.

Well, we just finished our first good practice this morning in Traverse City to prepare for our game against the Red Wings on Saturday. This tourney was a lot fun last year and I'm sure this year will be the same. There's a lot of talent at this tournament and it's always fun to play in and I think it'll be a great thing to help get me in game shape when I go back to main camp in Columbus and down the road.
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Posted On Friday, 09.09.2011 / 4:25 PM

By Ryan Johansen -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Ryan Johansen Traverse City Tournament blog

Johansen excited to return to Traverse City

Ryan Johansen, a 6-foot-3, 192-pound center chosen fourth overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets, is one of 26 players within the organization attending the NHL Prospects Tournament this week in Traverse City, Mich. Johansen has agreed to provide NHL.com with a daily blog that will provide an inside look at the tournament both on and off the ice this week.

Hi everyone!

I'm Ryan Johansen and I'll be blogging for NHL.com this week while in Traverse City at the Prospects Tournament. This is my second year playing in the tournament.

It was a great experience last year. It's good to get in some games against other prospects before you even start your main camp. I like the fact you can be in that game mode before you even arrive at the main camp; it's all the top prospects among eight teams so it's really high-paced. The few games that we play are very intense and it's fun to go out there.

A lot of people have been asking me about the offseason changes the organization (with the acquisitions of Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski) made and I've been telling everybody there's a huge buzz in Columbus. Even when I was out there as soon as they traded for Jeff Carter, Columbus was really excited to get the season going. I'm excited and so are the other guys on the team. (Carter and Wisniewski) are two huge players who can make a difference on your team. For myself, I'm excited to see the new faces around the room and have some new role models to look up to. I'm really excited to get out there for main camp.
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