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Columbus Blue Jackets won't send 19-year-old Johansen back to junior team

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Columbus Blue Jackets\' Ryan Johansen, right, passes the puck in front of Anaheim Ducks\' Devante Smith-Pelly (77) in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon) Author: The Hockey News

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Columbus Blue Jackets won't send 19-year-old Johansen back to junior team

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ryan Johansen can take out a long-term lease on an apartment now.

Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson posted a message on his Twitter account Tuesday saying, "We have decided to keep Ryan Johansen through the 10-game threshold."

The team's front office had been deliberating whether to keep the club's 2010 first-round pick (fourth overall) or send him down the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL. The 19-year-old Vancouver native has played in nine games so far, and playing in a 10th would trigger his entry-level contract, allowing him to become a restricted free agent after 2013-14.

But he appears to have found an immediate home with a team struggling for scoring and playmakers.

Johansen has two goals and two assists in nine games.

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Columbus Blue Jackets won't send 19-year-old Johansen back to junior team