2006-07: Ryan Johansen was chosen by the portland Winterhawks in the seventh round of the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft.
2007-08: Played for the Vancouver North East Chiefs in the BCMML. In 41 games for the Chiefs, Johansen scored 18 goals and added 30 assists for 48 points.
2008-09: Played for the Penticton Vees of the BCHL. Johansen scored 5 goals and added 12 assists for 17 points in 47 games. He scored 4 goals and chipped in 3 assists for 7 points in 10 playoof games for the Vees.
2009-10: In his WHL rookie season, Johansen played in 71 games for the Portland Winterhawks. He scored 25 goals and added 44 assists for 69 points to go along with a +17 rating and 53 penalty minutes. Played for Team Cherry at the 2010 CHL Top Prospects Game.
2010-11: Johansen was the WHL's seventh-leading scorer with 92 points in 63 games in his second season with the Portland Winterhawks and was one of Canada's top scorers at the 2011 U20 World Junior Championship. Johansen scored 40 goals with 52 assists and was +44 with 64 PMs as the Winterhawks finished first in the US Division. Portland fell to Kootenay in the WHL finals and in 21 playoff games Johansen scored 13 goals with 15 assists and was +7 with 6 PMs. In seven games for Canada's silver-medal squad in Buffalo he scored 3 goals with 6 assists and was +4 with 2 PMs. He scored all three of his goals on the power play for Canada.
Scouts are keen on his puck skills and vision. Johansen is a skilled mover of the puck and possesses the size to become an effective power forward. He is versatile and his touch around the net will set him apart from the muckers and grinders.
Johansen made quite an impression in his first NHL training camp last season, making it difficult for the Blue Jackets to send him back to junior. He has proved all he has to prove in junior and certainly has a shot at making the NHL this season, but the acquisition of Jeff Carter may hurt his chances. Regardless, in five years time, it isn’t inconceivable that Johansen will be a number one center.