PHT Morning Skate: Johansen’s breakout season bolsters Blue Jackets

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have been patiently bringing Ryan Johansen along since drafting him in the first round of the 2010 draft. That patience is paying off in a big way this season. (

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Bruins coach Claude Julien can’t get no satisfaction mostly because he said that’s a word they don’t use. (

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has a lot of confidence in rookie Tomas Jurco and it’s being rewarded in his play. (Detroit Free Press)

We’re starting to look at things in the standings with magic numbers.

Bet you thought the Sabres season had gone as low as it could go, didn’t you? You were wrong. (Buffalo News)

Speaking of Buffalo… Future Sabres watch? 2014 draft prospect Sam Reinhart had five points for Kootenay in the WHL playoffs. (Yahoo)

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