Hannikainen Earns Fifth NHL Call-up This Season

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CLEVELAND – The AHL’s defending Calder Cup Champions, the Cleveland Monsters, proudly powered by Constellation, announced Saturday that the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets recalled second-year Monsters left wing Markus Hannikainen for the fifth time this season. In 24 appearances for the Monsters this year, Hannikainen ranks second on the team in goals (9) and sixth in points (14) with eight penalty minutes and a +4 rating to his credit.

A 6’1”, 189 lb. left-handed native of Helsinki, Finland, Hannikainen, 23, posted a -1 rating in five appearances for the Blue Jackets this season and has a -3 rating to his credit in nine career NHL games played spanning the 2015-16 and 2016-17 campaigns, all with Columbus. An undrafted player signed by the Blue Jackets as a free agent on April 20, 2015, Hannikainen provided 16-18-34 with 28 penalty minutes and a +10 rating in 74 career AHL appearances for the Monsters dating back to last season. In 16 postseason appearances for Cleveland in 2016, Hannikainen supplied 3-7-10 with two penalty minutes and a +12 rating, helping the Monsters claim the Calder Cup as AHL Champions.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday road clash vs. the Texas Stars with full coverage, live from H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in Cedar Park, TX, underway at 8:30 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.

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