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Eastern Metropolitan Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
38-16-3 79
34-17-5 73
30-20-7 67
26-21-8 60
28-24-4 60
23-19-14 60
25-21-8 58
18-28-10 46

2023 Stats

STATS A
Assists
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Points
+/-
Plus-Minus Goals Scored For or Against Total
TOI/G
Time On Ice Per Game
PM
Penalty Minutes
Regular Season 10 16 0 13:33 8

Top Kent Johnson News

  • Blue Jackets' Kent Johnson: Notches helper in loss

    Johnson posted an assist in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Oilers.

    Johnson has two goals and two assists over his last 10 contests. The 21-year-old remains in a third-line role, which is a spot that isn't likely to lead to sustained offense. Johnson has six goals, nine helpers, 45 shots on net and a plus-2 rating through 30 appearances this season.

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  • Blue Jackets' Kent Johnson: Scoring surge continues

    Johnson scored his sixth goal of the season in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Bruins.

    The young sniper supplied Columbus' only offense on the night, beating Linus Ullmark just under his glove on a wicked shot from the slot early in the second period. Johnson has come on strong since being called back up from AHL Cleveland at the start of December -- over the last 12 games he's delivered five goals and 10 points.

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  • Blue Jackets' Kent Johnson: Two points against Sabres

    Johnson picked up a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 9-4 win over Buffalo.

    The 21-year-old put the finishing touches on the rout in the third period, helping to set up Cole Sillinger for Columbus' eighth tally before wiring home the team's ninth on a quick one-timer from the slot. Johnson took a few games to get going after his return from AHL Cleveland, but he's produced three multi-point performances in the last six contests, racking up three goals and eight points over that stretch.

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  • Blue Jackets' Kent Johnson: First career three-point game

    Johnson scored twice and added an assist in a 6-5 overtime win over the Maple Leafs on Thursday.

    He ended his first career three-point game with a sizzling top-shelf snipe from the right dot in overtime to seal the win. Johnson has turned the page on his early-season struggles and demotion. In seven games since his recall, he has six points (two goals, four assists), all of which have come in his last four contests. Remarkably, Johnson also finished plus-4 Thursday, even with the Jackets' complete collapse in the third period where they allowed five unanswered goals. Johnson has just five shots in those four games and clearly needs to shoot more, especially with the kind of world-class release he showed against the Leafs.

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  • Blue Jackets' Kent Johnson: Earns helper Friday

    Johnson managed an assist in Friday's 5-2 win over the Blues.

    Johnson has three assists over five games since he was recalled from AHL Cleveland. All of those points have come over the last two contests. The 21-year-old forward is up to one goal, five assists, 16 shots on net, 10 blocked shots and a minus-1 rating through 13 outings overall. He's still a player to hold onto in dynasty formats, but Johnson's bottom-six role currently doesn't offer much hope for him returning value in redraft formats.

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  • Blue Jackets' Kent Johnson: Practices on top line

    Johnson practiced on the top line during Thursday's practice, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.

    Johnson was called up Thursday after Wednesday's disappointing loss in Montreal. Blue Jackets head coach Pascal Vincent put his lines in a blender and came up with Johnson in a top-six role upon his return to Columbus following an impressive five goals and 15 points in 10 games at AHL Cleveland. Columbus desperately needs offense, and Johnson could deliver. Vincent added that the team doesn't want Johnson yo-yoing between the NHL and AHL, indicating he's here to stay.

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  • Blue Jackets' Kent Johnson: Ascends to top level

    Johnson was recalled from AHL Cleveland on Thursday.

    Johnson seemed lost when he was sent to the minors Nov. 4, as he had only a goal and two assists in eight games. It seems the trip to the minors did wonders for the fifth overall pick in the 2021 Draft, as Johnson had five goals and 15 points in 10 games with the Monsters. The Blue Jackets are in dire need of scoring as they sit 24th in NHL scoring. Look for Johnson to get a top-nine role at this time and expect to see him as a top-six forward in the near future.

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  • Blue Jackets' Kent Johnson: Continues to thrive in AHL

    Johnson has registered five goals and 15 points in 10 games since being reassigned to AHL Cleveland, but there's still no clear timeline for his return to the Blue Jackets, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.

    "It's [about] getting stronger physically, and it's not his fault. He's doing everything right," Columbus coach Pascal Vincent said Friday. "He's just built that way, and now we've created [an off-ice] program for him to improve his ability to win those one-on-one battles. This is great that he's scoring goals, but it's more than points." Johnson is still only 21 and scored 40 points in 79 games as a rookie last season, so the Blue Jackets still view him as a key part of their future. It might take an injury or trade to open up a spot for him in the NHL in the short term, however.

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  • Blue Jackets' Kent Johnson: Seeing time at center in Cleveland

    Johnson scored two goals in Friday's game for AHL Cleveland, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.

    Johnson was sent down to Cleveland a week ago and has already piled up two goals and five points in three AHL games, but the 2021 fifth overall pick's offensive skill has never been in question. The 21-year-old also skated at center for Cleveland on Friday, and while he'll likely be a winger in the NHL, more versatility certainly can't hurt his future outlook. Johnson's demotion was largely due to his need to get stronger on the puck and to handle the physical demands of the NHL, so his fast start for the Monsters may not impact how quickly he's back with Columbus. The fact that Patrik Laine (upper body) returned from injured reserve Friday just further crowds the Jackets' forward ranks, and it might take a trade to open up room for Johnson once the team feels he's ready.

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  • Blue Jackets' Kent Johnson: Has two helpers in AHL debut

    Johnson had two assists in Friday's 7-3 loss to Providence during his AHL debut.

    After being selected fifth overall in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, Johnson went straight from the University of Michigan to the Blue Jackets in April of 2022. He had 16 goals and 24 assists in 79 NHL games last season, but he has struggled so far this year. The Blue Jackets demoted him to Cleveland on Friday to try to help him regain some confidence, and per Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch, the organization's plan for Johnson is to have him focus on getting stronger and better adapted to the rigors of pro hockey. "It's a matter of, physically, we have a plan for him to get stronger and more strength in the 1-on-1 battles," Jackets coach Pascal Vincent said Friday. "That's going to take time, but he's a guy that takes it very seriously. So, we have big plans for 'KJ.' I think he's going to be a hell of a player."

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  • Blue Jackets' Kent Johnson: AHL bound

    Johnson was reassigned to AHL Cleveland on Friday,

    It's been a tough start to the season for the 21-year-old as he has a goal and two assists in eight games. Johnson was a healthy scratch twice in the early going and may need to see more ice time to regain his confidence. Johnson was also benched for the final 14 minutes Thursday against Tampa Bay after a bad turnover on the power play. The fifth overall pick in 2021, Johnson had 16 goals and 40 points in 79 NHL games last season.

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  • Blue Jackets' Kent Johnson: First snipe of campaign

    Johnson scored his first goal of the season in Saturday's 5-4 overtime win over the Wild.

    On a faceoff in the Minnesota end early in the second period, Cole Sillinger won the draw and got the puck back to Johnson, who immediately ripped it top shelf over Filip Gustavsson. It's Johnson's second point in four games, and after recording 16 goals and 40 points in 79 games as a rookie last season, the fifth overall pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft could take a step forward in his sophomore campaign as part of Columbus' young core.

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  • Blue Jackets' Kent Johnson: Will make season debut Saturday

    Johnson will be in the lineup Saturday against the Rangers after being a healthy scratch for the Blue Jackets' season opener, Jeff Svoboda of the Blue Jackets' official site reports. "We just wanted more pace [from Johnson], and he brought it in practices," coach Pascal Vincent said Friday.

    The 20-year-old watched from the press box against the Flyers on Thursday, but whatever message the coaching staff was trying to send appears to have been received. Johnson scored 16 goals and 40 points in 79 games as a rookie last season, and he's expected to make his 2023-24 debut Saturday on the third line alongside Cole Sillinger -- who was taken 12th overall in the same 2021 NHL Draft in which Johnson went fifth.

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  • Blue Jackets' Kent Johnson: Two helpers in win

    Johnson logged two assists in Tuesday's 7-6 overtime win over the Capitals.

    Johnson assisted on Jack Roslovic's power-play tally in the second period before setting up Boone Jenner's game-tying goal with 47 seconds remaining in the third. Johnson has demonstrated his playmaking ability recently, recording seven points (one goal, six assists) over his last seven games. The 20-year-old rookie is up to 14 goals and 22 assists through 67 games while maintaining a top-six role.

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  • Blue Jackets' Kent Johnson: Finds twine Tuesday

    Johnson scored a goal on three shots and added two PIM in Tuesday's 6-5 overtime win over the Sharks.

    Johnson gave the Blue Jackets their first lead, scoring at 1:54 of the second period on a pass from Johnny Gaudreau. This was Johnson's third straight game on the scoresheet (one goal, three assists), which is his longest streak since October. The 20-year-old rookie has 14 goals, 33 points, 92 shots on net, 12 PIM and a minus-7 rating through 63 appearances.

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  • Blue Jackets' Kent Johnson: Two helpers against Pens

    Johnson collected two assists, one on the power play, in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to Pittsburgh.

    Both points came in the first period, helping Columbus jump out to a 4-0 lead that they somehow squandered. Johnson is still only 20 years old and playing for a team gunning for the top pick in the Connor Bedard draft, so his lack of consistent production in the NHL isn't a big surprise, but he continues to offer glimpses of his skill and upside. Through 61 games this season, he's picked up 13 goals and 31 points.

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  • Blue Jackets' Kent Johnson: Now fourth in rookie scoring

    Johnson scored the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win over Winnipeg on Thursday.

    Johnson showed off his incredible hands with a surprising turn-around shot from the right circle at the mid-point of the third period. The rookie has four goals (six points) in his last eight games, and he now sits in a tie for fourth on both the rookie point board (27) and goals (12).

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 167 lbs
Birthplace: Port Moody, CA
Age: 21
Experience: 2