What He's Done
Ryan Johansen is a 2010 lottery pick for the Blue Jackets, but like so many of their selections, his development didn't go in a straight line. He arrived in the NHL at age 19, and his first two seasons were uneven and without offensive flair. This has been the breakout year for Johansen, who is on pace for a 30-goal, 60-point showing.
Johansen is among the most naturally talented young centers in the NHL, his combination of size and skill making him a truly valuable young asset. The Blue Jackets were patient with him, and it looks like it'll pay off for them. He is a big center who can play effectively on a top line for years.
What He'll Cost
Johansen's entry-level deal comes with an $870,000 cap hit, and it's likely the player will want to sign a bridge deal to get a bigger payday down the line. I wouldn't be surprised to see the team push for a contract that buys some free-agent seasons, meaning he could have a $3 million cap hit next year.