Originally written March 20, 2012 on Fox Sports Ohio:
Blue Jackets rookie Ryan Johansen still seems out of place on a checking line. But at least he's playing center, his natural position. It's been an underwhelming and, at times, bizarre season for Johansen, the Blue Jackets' No. 4 overall pick in 2010. In 57 games, he's had nine goals, 10 assists and a minus-1 rating -- not awful numbers for a rookie -- but it's how he's been used that's raised eyebrows. Johansen, viewed as a prototype No. 1 center in today's NHL, spent most of the season playing left or right wing on the fourth line. Either that, or he's been a healthy scratch by a Blue Jackets club that's been out of the postseason race since the second month of the season. For the last five games, Johansen has centered the No. 4 line, but he was elevated to the checking line in advance of Sunday's 2-1 shootout win in Calgary. "I'm 100 percent more comfortable (at center)," Johansen told The Columbus Dispatch. "The first game and a half (back at center), I felt off a little bit, but it has started to come back to me. I've started to feel like myself." The next game for the Blue Jackets is Tuesday at home against the Chicago Blackhawks. NOTES, QUOTESPower play continuing to come up empty --After a brief resurgence in early February, the Blue Jackets power play has settled back into early-season form. After going 0-for-2 in Sunday's 2-1 win vs. Calgary, the Blue Jackets are in an 0-for-33 drought that has sent them tumbling from 16th to 25th in the NHL rankings. --Sunday's 2-1 shootout win in Calgary improved the Blue Jackets to 4-5 in shootouts this season, including wins in four of their last six. The Jackets went 5-8 in shootouts during the 2010-11 season. QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's easy to tell, when you look at that stat, about the care and the want." -- Blue Jackets interim coach Todd Richards, referring to the Jackets' willingness to block shots late in a non-playoff season. ROSTER REPORTPLAYER NOTES: --G Curtis Sanford suffered an upper leg injury during the first period of Sunday's 2-1 shootout win in Calgary and did not return. He was spotted on crutches after the game. --D James Wisniewski suffered a cut his the left side of his face late in Sunday's 2-1 shootout win in Calgary. It's unclear how significant the cut is, but Wisniewski needed stitches before flying home to Columbus with the club after the game. He'll be reevaluated on Monday. --D Nikita Nikitin continued to be a pleasant surprise for the Blue Jackets, who acquired him for D Kris Russell in November. In 48 NHL games before this season, Nikitin had one goal, eight assists and a minus-4 rating. In 44 games with the Blue Jackets, he has five goals, 18 assists and a minus-8 rating while playing on the No. 1 defensive pair. MEDICAL WATCH: --D Fedor Tyutin (broken hand) is out for the season. --C Derek MacKenzie (concussion) is out indefinitely. --LW Kristian Huselius (lower body) is out indefinitely. --D Radek Martinek (concussion) is out for the season. --D Marc Methot (broken jaw) is out for the season.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Giants shut out Pirates, advance to NLDS

Cowboys' Spillman accused of rape at team hotel

Report: Patriots benched WR for mouthing off to coach

Jose Bautista busts up reporter over Twitter

Sammy Watkins calls out EJ Manuel

Larry Donnell benches himself in fantasy, loses because of it

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Josh Gordon says NFL’s drug policy is harrassment

Steve Smith: Ron Rivera hid in his office after cutting me

Rondo hoping for an opening night return from broken hand

Jon Gruden on Raiders job: 'I'm not thinking about coaching'

Tom Brady defends not congratulating Garoppolo on TD

Ohio State student who ran on field loses full scholarship

ESPN reporter announces she has breast cancer

Byron Scott explains why Kobe wouldn't make a good coach

Hibbert texts Duncan for advice on being like Spurs

Belichick repeats moving 'on to Cincinnati' during presser

Donald Sterling’s wife called the cops on V. Stiviano

WATCH: Mayweather shocked someone doesn’t know who he is

Who is the new face of MLB?

NHL 15 predicts the LA Kings win the Cup again

J.J. Watt buys his mom a new car for her birthday

Ranking the NFL coaches already sitting on the hot seat

WATCH: Smith tells Panthers to go home and mow his lawn

The best games on the NFL slate in Week 5

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Cowboys player accused of rape

Scott: Kobe would not be a good coach

Pats WR benched for mouthing off?

Sammy Watkins calls out EJ Manuel

Donnell benches himself in fantasy and loses

Gordon: Drug policy is harrassment

Who is the new face of baseball?

Steve Smith blasts Panthers coach, GM

What will the A’s look like in 2015?

All-Disappointment Team in MLB

Ryan Lochte: Phelps made dumb decision

WATCH: Brett Favre in new commercial

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.