Center Ryan Johansen, who agreed to terms on a three-year contract Monday, skated between Nick Foligno and Cam Atkinson during the morning skate at First Niagara Center in Buffalo and will be in the lineup after missing all of training camp.
"I've never been in a situation like that before," Johansen said. "Hopefully I won't have to do it again. I'm just thankful it took care of itself and I'm here with the guys."
Johansen led the Blue Jackets with 33 goals and 63 points last season.
"He's such a big part of the offense and big part of this team that there was definitely a void when he wasn't around," Foligno said. "He's come in and really just wanted to work and be with us. We couldn't be more excited to have him around."