NHL 2010 Top Draft Prospects: Ryan Johansen

May 17th, 2010 by Alan Bass Leave a reply »
Jumping from a 47-game schedule to a 72-game schedule is a huge jump for a young player. Ryan Johansen, who played the 2008-09 season in the British Columbia Hockey League, had a difficult time making that adjustment.

"Around December he looked fatigued," Portland Winterhawks coach Mike Johnston said in an interview with NHL.com . "He looked like he was waiting for that Christmas break because he needed to recharge his batteries."

However, the 6'2", 194 lb center was able to rest up over Christmas, and came back to dominate the WHL, putting up 69 points in 71 games. He was second among all WHL rookies with that number.

"I think the biggest change is having to go every day," Johansen said to NHL.com . "In Junior A we worked out once a week and we really only played games on the weekend. Our schedule (in Portland) is a lot more filled."

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