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Columbus Blue Jackets getting more offense from Kent Johnson


Blue Jackets forward Kent Johnson has recorded eight goals and 13 assists in his first 43 games this season.

Kent Johnson’s NHL future may include his development into a skilled center who anchors one of the Blue Jackets’ top two lines for years.

If so, that could help solve one of Columbus’ glaring lineup issues, but Johnson’s best spot as a rookie forward appears to be on the wing. After a tough three-week stint at center while Boone Jenner was out with a fractured thumb, Johnson’s offensive engine is revving back up. 

Playing right wing on Jenner’s line, he dished out three assists in the first four games after the captain’s return to the lineup, including a two-assist performance Saturday in a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks for his second multi-assist game of the season. Both were primary assists, the first coming on a goal by Jenner to tie the game and the second on Gustav Nyquist’s game-winner in the third period. 





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