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John Tortorella On Ryan Johansen

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com (5 questions),

What is your feeling on Ryan Johansen?

"It's going to be a process. Joey wants to learn, and he does have a lot to learn. It's great, the points, and I don't want to begrudge him that.

In St. Louis the other night, he made some really good plays. We didn't score a lot, but he was close.

But it's the other part. The other part is how you handle yourself in practice and how you prepare yourself for the practice. Your preparation for games. It's the little things you do as you're trying to become a pro, because Joey has a lot to learn as far as what it is to be a pro. I say that and that shouldn't surprise anybody because he's still a fairly young man in this game. The points are great. That's great. But I don't judge him on the points.

I watch his game and we're going through a teaching process. We're trying to get the right type of foundation on what it is to be a pro and what's the definition of competing, what's the definition of hardness, what is the definition of engagement. It's all those things. He's right in the middle of it with us."

four more questions and answers...

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