Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/27/14 at 04:04 PM ET
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
After his two-goal game Tuesday against Detroit in a crucial wild-card battle, Johansen leapt into a tie with household names Patrick Kane and Martin St. Louis for 14th overall in NHL goals. But there are some striking differences between the 21-year-old Johansen and the elite few above him in the Rocket Richard Trophy race.
No player who has scored more than the Port Moody, B.C., native’s 29 goals is younger than him. Everyone ahead of the third-year centre averages at least 46 seconds more ice time per game and has been nationally televised in 2013-14 more than Johansen’s twice. And no one ahead of Johansen was such a non-factor last season.
Johansen is in the midst of his first double-digit-goal season after scoring just 14 goals and 19 assists total in his first 107 career contests as a freshman and sophomore. Which is a mathematical way of saying he’s in the throes of one hell of a breakout year — and has probably made one guy in your fantasy pool look very prescient.
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