COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ryan Johansen can take out a long-term lease on an apartment now.
The team's front office had been deliberating whether to keep the club's 2010 first-round pick (fourth overall) or send him down the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL. The 19-year-old Vancouver native has played in nine games so far, and playing in a 10th would trigger his entry-level contract, allowing him to become a restricted free agent after 2013-14.
But he appears to have found an immediate home with a team struggling for scoring and playmakers.
Johansen has two goals and two assists in nine games.