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Columbus demotes ’10 first-rounder Johansen to AHL

Feb 6, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT

On Wednesday, the Blue Jackets sent center Ryan Johansen to AHL Springfield.

Johansen, 20, was the Columbus’ first-round pick — fourth overall — at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The former Portland Winter Hawks standout debuted for the Blue Jackets last season, scoring 9G-12A-21PTS in 67 games, and had two assists through 10 games this season.

It’s unclear exactly why the Jackets made this move.

Johansen was averaging over 15 minutes per contest and, in last night’s 4-2 loss to Los Angeles, played 16:18 and went 8-for-9 in the faceoff circle (granted, he finished minus-2 on the night.)

Here’s more, from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch:

This isn’t the first time Columbus has come under, ahem, “scrutiny” for its handling of young prospects.

Derick Brassard, the club’s first-round pick in 2006, appeared to be at loggerheads with the organization during the 2011-12 season when player agent Alan Walsh posted a tirade on Twitter aimed at then-Columbus head coach Scott Arniel.

The club also made some waves prior to the season when it decided not to keep prospects Boone Jenner and Tim Erixon up with the parent club, dispatching Jenner to the OHL and Erixon to Springfield.

Erixon was later recalled to the NHL after a rash of injuries to Columbus’ defense.

Update: More, from Portzline…

Johansen played 16:43 against the Avs in a 4-0 loss, finished minus-2, had three shots on goal and went 12-for-21 in the faceoff circle.

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Columbus has a hockey team?

    • nicoinfurs - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      Stop being so disrespectful towards Columbus. It’s easy to beat on a dead horse. Yes, they suck, but we’ve seen plenty basement dwellers turn it around.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        Alright, I apologize, there was no humor in my humor. Nothing against Columbus – go RJ.

      • davebabychreturns - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        Reminds me of a joke from American Dad: “finally, someone with the guts to take a shot at New Jersey!”

      • ray2013 - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:11 PM

        Those basement dwellers who turn it around have good management, yes? Is that the case in CBJ? From the message boards I read, that’s not the case. But I could stand to be corrected.

  2. bcsteele - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Not a fan or a hater of Columbus and don’t believe in the heavy bashing, but I’ll re-word his question the way I would have put it…

    “Columbus make a poor management decision?”

    At least they have Davidson now, he worked wonders for my team in St. Louis. However, as I’ve said before, if ownership restricts his abilities to turn things around Columbus will remain as they are.

    • elvispocomo - Feb 6, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      If ownership does restrict Davidson’s ability to manage the hockey end of the team, he won’t stay there long. He can earn a living elsewhere so he’s not forced to stick with a team that won’t make the required changes.

      Having said that, I am surprised they’d do this the day after Dubinsky makes a questionable hit and might sit a few games. You’d think even if they weren’t happy with his play, they’d keep him around to cover for that possibility in their top 6.

      • east96st - Feb 6, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        Davidson’s gone after next season. I said before it won’t work as long as Priest controls the purse strings and Priest has – for reasons that NO ONE can understand – the blind faith of McConnell. I’m not sure there’s a team in professional sports that needs new ownership more desperately than Columbus. Davidson could do a great job, but as long as Priest can veto Davidson’s every move by saying, “We can’t afford it.”., he will never succeed. Davidson will be the latest in a long line of fall guys and Priest will back in the driver’s seat again whispering into McConnell’s ear, “See! I’m the only one you can trust.”. I wish there was relegation in hockey. The humiliation of seeing the Jackets demoted to the AHL might be the only way to get McConnell to sell now that has the casino revenue filing his pockets.

  3. sonvar - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Only reason I can see for this is that he isn’t producing the points they would expect but none of the forwards have been exceptional point wise at all. Hopefully only a temporary move as I think he needs to figure how to translate his ability shown in the minors to the NHL team

  4. contraryguy - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Derek MacKenzie will probably move up a line now, he has looked sharper than Johansen this season. Not clear who would center the 4th line then, maybe a call-up to come.

    • contraryguy - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      scratch that, Letestu may start on 3rd line now.

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