Only a blip on the radar for prime prospect Kent Johnson, who has been recalled by the Columbus Blue Jackets after lacking their first recreation. The workforce has despatched Jet Greaves, final night time’s backup goaltender, again to the minor leagues to make room.
While Johnson had made the workforce out of camp, an sickness for Elvis Merzlikins necessitated the early change. Things may very well be very totally different 24 hours later, because the Blue Jackets watched Patrik Laine go away final night time’s recreation with an damage. If Laine is out for any size of time, it may very well be Johnson stepping right into a top-six function, as his offensive skillset performs higher there than decrease within the lineup.
Selected fifth general in 2021, the 19-year-old ahead was a dominant offensive participant on the University of Michigan and has proven his expertise on the World Juniors, World Championship, and Olympics. In 9 video games down the stretch with Columbus final season he recorded three assists, a complete that’s indicative of his pass-first mentality.
That’s a a lot totally different fashion than Laine, but when the Finnish sniper is out, the Blue Jackets will want another person to assist Jonny Gaudreau carry the load. They had been totally outplayed by the Carolina Hurricanes final night time en path to a 4-1 loss, with solely Laine scoring for Columbus earlier than exiting (he totaled 7:49 of ice time). The Blue Jackets are again in motion tomorrow night time however issues gained’t get any simpler. They welcome within the Tampa Bay Lightning.