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 offer an inside look at the tournament both on and off the ice.
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.
Well, things start up on Saturday (Sept. 10) with practice in the afternoon. We then have our first game of the tournament against the Red Wings in the evening. I'll have another update on Saturday, so keep checking back.