Blue Jackets Add Bjorkstrand to Roster on Emergency Recall
Second-year right wing leads Cleveland with 14 goals, 26 points so far this season.
CLEVELAND – The AHL’s defending Calder Cup Champions, the Cleveland Monsters, proudly powered by Constellation, announced Tuesday that the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets recalled second-year right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand on an emergency basis. 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 the team-lead with 26 points in 37 appearances for Cleveland with six penalty minutes and a -1 rating to his credit.
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.
Prior to his professional career, Bjorkstrand contributed 144-146-290 with 81 penalty minutes and a +142 rating in 193 WHL appearances for the Portland Winterhawks spanning three major junior seasons from 2012-15.
Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Wednesday road clash vs. the Iowa Wild with full coverage, live from Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA, underway at 8:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.