The Columbus Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen have finalized a new deal which will pay the promising young forward 12.0M over the next three seasons. This deal is fair for both sides. While it is true that Ryan Johansen had a tremendous breakout season last year with 33 goals and 63 points, it is also true that is the only season in which he has played at that level.

The contract will pay Johansen 3.0M in each of the first two seasons and 6.0M in the last season. The last season is very important because that is the lowest value that the Blue Jackets will be able to qualify Johansen at when his contract expires. The Blue Jackets are betting that Johansen continues to play at a high level for under market value and will step up to the plate to pay him in his next deal. I think it is likely for Johansen to continue his success. It is encouraging that Johansen scored 33 goals last year because he wasn’t being sheltered and given easy minutes .

 

 

 

 

To put his even strength production into context he had a 1.196 goals/60 average at even strength this year. That was good for 13th overall in the NHL, ahead of such familiar names as Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Patrick Sharp, and Joe Pavelski.

He received low offensive zone starts against high competition and came out on top possession wise.

These are all great signs for future production. Now both team and player can put this aside and focus on being one of the better teams in the Metropolitan Division. Cam Atkinson is poised to have a breakout year and Scott Hartnell is more than capable of playing with skilled players, could this be a line to look for this year?

 

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