If Hockey Canada hopes to get an influx of National Hockey League talent, they’ll have to look outside of Columbus.
Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen confirmed he will not be released to play for Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championship.
“I’ll be watching when It’s on TV,” Johansen told Andrew Walker of Sportsnet 960 The Fan. ” I had such a good time in Buffalo with so many great memories, but now I really feel I belong in the NHL and I’ll be staying up here.”
At the 2011 World Juniors, Johansen was named to the media all-star team after posting three goals and nine points in seven games.
The 19-year-old has five goals and 10 points in 22 games in his rookie campaign with the Blue Jackets this season.
Hockey Canada has already confirmed Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Tyler Seguin and Jeff Skinner wouldn’t be made available for the tournament.
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