i personally don't have any expectations for the kid...I want him to succeed and be an integral part of this team...this year, next year...whenever...I just want a 1st round lottery pick (not named rick nash) of ours to do well
Likewise for me. I have no expectations of Johansen this season. I don't even care if he doesn't set foot on Columbus ice. I just want a blue chipper to be developed properly (not rushed) and to perform like a first rounder should (not become a third line player) once he gets here.
I would be quite shocked if Johansen was not on the opening day roster. Might be a little demoralizing for a kid who has already proven that he has little to learn in the WHL that he has to go back there.
Haha - Everyone is just playing it low-key so we can all feign like we won't be crushed to have another much-touted prospect not quite deliver. Truth is probably more along the lines of most cbj fans want to be ecstatic about the possibility we chose well and will develop well but we make ourselves out to be victims (you know, traumatized by the past) and so will put on a front that it isn't a big deal. I imagine the off season acquisitions help that along a bit since we have other places to pour the guarded optimism.
As an outsider looking in, I expect Johansen to, at minimum, get his 9 games. I feel he'll play well enough that he'll stick with the club in a top 9 role and go on to be a ROY candidate. I could see a very good year out of RyJo.. he's really a top top prospect.