Predators center Ryan Johansen joined Nashville’s ESPN 102.5 The Game for a chat Friday morning.
The 24-year-old heads into his first full season with the Predators after having been traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets in January for Seth Jones.
“Everything just happened so fast,” reflected Johansen. “It just feels like a rollercoaster. You don’t know what to expect each day. Everything is kind of new. That’s kind of what I’ve been telling people now. Going through this whole summer and being here for a month already before camp even started is just – getting to know everyone on a more personal note, and build relationships, get out and golf a lot, and just get to know the guys on this team a lot more.
“To have a fresh start with a full season here and be able to play a full year now in Nashville, it’s something I’m really looking forward to.”
Johansen was asked what he learned about the Predators’ locker room in his time with the team.
“I think the character,” said Johansen. “That’s something we were kind of missing in Columbus in my time there. To come in this room and see, mostly for me, just to see how much the guy next to me or the guy next to someone else – how bad they wanted to get the job done for each other in the room.
“I haven’t won a championship yet or anything, but from books you read and things you hear from legends or Hall of Famers or whatever, it’s all about sacrifice and putting everything on the line for your teammates and stuff.
“That’s something that really got my attention when I was first acquired here from Columbus. What makes me really proud to say I play for the Preds is there’s a lot of guys in this room – and even in this camp, the young guys coming up – that really care for one another and want to make each other the best they can on the ice.”
Source: ESPN 102.5 The Game/ Transcript: Nichols