Thursday, January 28, 2016

NHL Notes: Johansen, Jones, Wheeler

The Nashville Predators are surging, with four straight wins recently, after the trade to acquire Ryan Johansen, as reported on NHL.com.  In an interesting twist to the trade between Nashville and the Columbus Blue Jackets, which sent defenseman Seth Jones to Columbus, it was reported that Johansen and Jones ran into one another at the airport just after the trade occurred.

Johansen, of course, made his new employers and teammates happy quickly as he scored a goal just 2:35 into his tenure as a Nashville Predator.  The trade of the two former number four overall draft picks has worked out well for both teams, in terms of player production.  Jones has notched six assists with a plus-4 rating since the trade occurring in the first week of January.  Johansen meanwhile, has ten points since the trade, with three goals and seven assists.

The Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler was invited to the All-Star game in place of the Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews, as reported by the Toronto Sun.  The former number five overall draft pick declined the offer from the league however, because of previous committments with this family.  The Minnesota native is having a strong season with the Jets, having notched 48 points in 49 games.   

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