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Kent Johnson Watch is officially on: the CBJ prospect’s debut could happen next week

The Michigan Wolverines were eliminated in the Frozen Four on Thursday night.

2021 NHL Draft - Round One Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Kent Johnson’s Michigan season is over, but his pro career might be about to take flight.

The Michigan Wolverines were eliminated in the Frozen Four on Thursday night, falling 3-2 in overtime to the Denver Pioneers.

Johnson did not have any points in the game, as Michigan played an unusually conservative style before falling just short of the championship.

Johnson finished at Michigan this season with 8 goals and 29 assists for 37 points in 32 games. Johnson also played for Team Canada in the Olympics after being selected as an alternate, posting five points in five games.

In advance of the Frozen Four matchup, it was reported by Emily Kaplan of ESPN that Johnson was one of several Michigan players expected to turn pro at the end of their season.

With the Blue Jackets next game in Detroit on Saturday night, it would be feasible, however unlikely, that Johnson could make his debut in Michigan. The more likely scenario, however, would be Johnson making his debut in Columbus next Wednesday against the Montreal Canadiens.

Johnson is an incredibly talented playmaker, though his goal total at Michigan may be lower than some Blue Jackets fans had hoped for. He is also slight of frame, listed at 6’1”, 168 pounds, something that will surely be addressed in this coming offseason.

But he has a knack for making dazzling plays look effortless.

Kent Johnson Watch is officially on — look for the second of the Blue Jackets’ three first round picks to make his NHL debut in the coming days. The future is getting brighter, one day at a time.