Ryan Johansen has been a member of the Nashville Predators for about 48 hours after being traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets in the season's biggest trade to date. Friday night, he made his debut with the new club and the 23-year-old center needed all of two shifts to make an impact.
After the Preds earned an early power play against the Colorado Avalanche, head coach Peter Laviolette tapped his new forward on the shoulder to head out with the first power play unit. About 27 seconds into the man advantage, Johansen found himself with the puck and some space inside the left faceoff circle.
Johansen then skated himself to the bottom of the circle, appearing as though he was getting ready to pass the puck. Suddenly he changed his body angle just enough to give him a better shooting angle. He barely glanced up, but caught Semyon Varlamov leaning a bit and wired a perfect shot from the tough angle to make it 1-0.
The one-time 33-goal scorer had only six goals in his 38 games with the Blue Jackets this year. He was on pace for 12 goals. He needed just 56 seconds of total ice time with the Predators to get on the board.
After finding the net right away in his new home, it could be interesting to see just how much better things can go for him with a team in the playoff hunt.