Skip to content

Columbus demotes ’10 first-rounder Johansen to AHL

Feb 6, 2013, 11:43 AM EST

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.

Latest Posts
  1. Video: Couture fined $5K for slew-footing Smith

    Feb 27, 2015, 2:20 PM EST

    Logan Couture Getty Images

    Incident occurred during last night’s San Jose-Detroit game.

  2. If you want to call the Sharks ‘fragile,’ Todd McLellan won’t disagree

    Feb 27, 2015, 1:53 PM EST

    Antti Niemi, Logan Couture, Brenden Dillon, Darren Helm AP

    Were dominated by the Red Wings for the final two periods of last night’s loss.

  3. Trade target Calvert (concussion) out indefinitely, says Columbus

    Feb 27, 2015, 1:35 PM EST

    MattCalvert

    Could it keep him from getting moved by Monday?

  4. Slumping Ducks hoping visit from Kings brings out some emotion

    Feb 27, 2015, 12:48 PM EST

    Los Angeles Kings v Anaheim Ducks - Game Five Getty Images

    “If we can’t get up emotionally for that game, then I think we have to take a deeper look at ourselves.”

  5. Wild waive veteran forward Veillieux

    Feb 27, 2015, 12:13 PM EST

    Veilleux Getty Images

    Has appeared in 12 games for Minnesota this season.

  6. Sabres GM Murray: I got a trade call on a player ‘I never thought I would get’

    Feb 27, 2015, 11:39 AM EST

    Tim Murray

    “He actually said, ‘Can you believe I’m calling you on this guy?’ And I said, ‘No, I can’t. But let’s talk.”

  7. Flames lose captain Giordano for key tilt versus Isles

    Feb 27, 2015, 11:13 AM EST

    giordanogetty Getty Images

    Norris candidate will sit after getting injured during Wednesday’s win over New Jersey; Tyler Wotherspoon has been recalled from AHL Adirondack.

  8. Veteran NHLer Sopel calls it a career

    Feb 27, 2015, 10:54 AM EST

    Image (1) sopelwithcup-thumb-250x335-14372.jpg for post 2198 Getty Images

    Announced his retirement on Friday.

  9. Oddsmaker: Sidney Crosby no longer Hart Trophy favorite

    Feb 27, 2015, 9:53 AM EST

    Sidney Crosby Getty Images

    He endured a rough stretch, but has bounced back recently.

  10. Panthers thrilled to get Jagr, who might be more than a rental

    Feb 27, 2015, 8:57 AM EST

    Florida Panthers v New Jersey Devils Getty Images

    He’ll bring experience, but at 43 years old can he also give Florida a boost offensively?

  11. Burgled: Sens’ Hammond shuts out Kings

    Feb 27, 2015, 1:16 AM EST

    Andrew Hammond AP

    His shutout streak is now at 172:22.

  12. Wild get important win vs. Preds (and some luck, too)

    Feb 26, 2015, 11:31 PM EST

    Nino Niederreiter, Charlie Coyle,Jared Spurgeon,Ryan Carter, Marco Scandella AP

    Nino Niederreiter combined skill and good fortune to help his team win.

Featured video

Trade deadline storylines to watch
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. D. Krejci (2608)
  2. B. Wheeler (2393)
  3. T. Hall (2347)
  4. R. Nash (2224)
  5. K. Okposo (2048)