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.