Blue Jackets Rookie Forward Kent Johnson's Impressive Start to the Preseason

By Coby Maeir on September 30, 2022 at 10:15 am
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Yes, it's only the preseason, but Kent Johnson is showing why he was a top-five pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.

According to, Johnson leads Blue Jackets forwards in 5v5 xG, 5v5 shots, and 5v5 takeaways. He's yet to register a point at 5v5, but his presence has certainly been felt on the ice. You may be thinking to yourself, "well of course he should be dominating! He's not playing against the other team's top players!" While this is true, if he was ineffective against that same competition, there would likely be sentiments including, "is Johnson a bust? Why isn't he being effective against the lesser competition?" So I think it's only fair that we give him credit for playing at an extremely high level. 

And like I mentioned in the stats above, he's getting it done on both ends of the ice, which is something you love to see from a young player and especially a player with his potentially elite offensive skillset. 

I know that it's early and we don't even know what position Johnson will play this season, let alone what team he'll play for, but his play has to be a bright spot for the Blue Jackets and their fans. 

Watching him throughout training camp and in the two preseason games he's played, I think he's been one of, if not the best player on the team so far. He's certainly making his case not only to make the NHL roster out of camp but to play a significant role.

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