Blue Jackets Recall Forsberg, Assign Korpisalo, Bjorkstrand to Cleveland
CLEVELAND – The AHL’s defending Calder Cup Champions, the Cleveland Monsters, proudly powered by Constellation, announced Friday that the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets recalled fourth-year goaltender Anton Forsberg for the fourth time this season and assigned right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand and Joonas Korpisalo to Cleveland. A 2017 AHL All-Star, Forsberg posted a 14-10-2 record with one shutout, a 2.23 goals-against average (GAA) and a .927 save percentage (S%) in 28 appearances for Cleveland this year and notched a record of 0-1-0 with a 4.07 GAA and a .852 S% in one appearance for Columbus this season.
In 10 career NHL appearances spanning each of the past three seasons for the Blue Jackets, Forsberg, 23, supplied a record of 1-8-0 with a 4.02 GAA and a .879 S%. A seventh-round selection by Columbus (188th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Forsberg, a 6’2”, 191 lb. native of Harnosand, Sweden, has a career AHL record of 60-28-8 with six shutouts, a 2.19 GAA and a .923 S% in 103 appearances for the Monsters and Springfield Falcons spanning parts of the past four seasons. In ten postseason appearances for Cleveland last season, Forsberg posted a 9-0 record with two shutouts, a 1.34 GAA and a .949 S%, helping the Monsters claim the 2016 Calder Cup as AHL Playoff Champions.
Selected by Columbus in the third round (89th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Bjorkstrand currently leads the Monsters with 14 goals this season and ranks tied for third on the team with 23 points in 35 appearances for Cleveland. In five appearances for Columbus this season, Bjorkstrand has 0-1-1 with six penalty minutes and a -1 rating to his credit and posted 4-5-9 with six penalty minutes and a +5 rating in 17 career NHL games played, all for the Blue Jackets, spanning the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. A 6’0”, 175 lb. right-handed native of Herning, Denmark, Bjorkstrand, 21, supplied 31-21-52 with 16 penalty minutes and a -3 rating in 86 career AHL appearances, all for the Monsters, spanning parts of the past two seasons.
In 17 postseason appearances for the Monsters last year, Bjorkstrand posted 10-6-16 with two penalty minutes and a +9 rating, helping the Monsters claim the Calder Cup as AHL Playoff Champions. Bjorkstrand scored the Cup-clinching goal with 1.9 seconds remaining in the first overtime of game four of the Calder Cup Finals vs. the Hershey Bears at Quicken Loans Arena on June 11, 2016, delivering the Monsters a 1-0 victory in the game, a 4-games-to-none sweep in the series and the city of Cleveland its tenth Calder Cup and first in 52 years. Bjorkstrand’s AHL-record three overtime goals in the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs and his record-tying six game-winning postseason goals additionally earned Bjorkstrand the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the AHL’s Playoff MVP.
A 6’3”, 190 lb. native of Pori, Finland, Korpisalo, 22, was selected by the Blue Jackets in the third round (62nd overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and supplied a record of 6-5-2 with a 2.89 GAA and a .902 S% in 13 appearances for Cleveland this season. In 34 career AHL appearances for the Monsters and Springfield spanning the 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, Korpisalo contributed a 14-15-4 record with two shutouts, a 2.63 GAA and a .906 S%. In five NHL appearances for Columbus this year, Korpisalo is 3-1-0 with a 3.57 GAA and a .893 S% and in 36 career NHL games played spanning each of the past two seasons, all for the Blue Jackets, Korpisalo is 19-12-4 with a 2.71 GAA and a .916 S%.
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