Following a four-week AHL stint where he scored 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in 10 games, newly recalled Blue Jackets forward Kent Johnson is set to play in an NHL game on Friday for the first time in 29 days.
While he's happy to be back, Johnson said he wasn't focusing on being recalled.
"Honestly," Johnson said on Thursday. "I was trying to not focus on it at all, not thinking about being called up, just thinking as if I'm a Monster for the rest of the year."
Johnson said he learned a lot during his time with the Cleveland Monsters.
"I played in a lot of situations there," Johnson said. "Three-on-three OT, played center which was good, getting reps in the middle and face-offs, and playing a lot of power play. so I think it was just great to have the puck a lot and really get my game going."
Johnson said he's always been confident in himself, even if he's not producing points.
"I know it can come and go," Johnson said. "But I know I'm a good player, no matter what. I definitely feel more in a rhythm like I just played a lot of hockey, got a lot of touches, so yeah, I definitely feel really good."
The Blue Jackets hope that Johnson's AHL stint will be his last and that he can make an impact on the team like he did last season when he recorded 16 goals and 40 points.