Blue Jackets Assign Forwards Zac Dalpe, Markus Hannikainen to Monsters

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Dalpe notched 9-14-23 in 29 appearances for Cleveland, Hannikainen added 0-3-3 in eight games played.

 

The Cleveland Monsters, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, announced Sunday that the Blue Jackets assigned center Zac Dalpe and left wing Markus Hannikainen to the Monsters. In 12 appearances for the Blue Jackets this season, Dalpe supplied 13 penalty minutes and a -3 rating and added 9-14-23 in 28 appearances for Cleveland with 28 penalty minutes and a -3 rating. In 29 appearances for Columbus this season, Hannikainen notched 2-2-4 with six penalty minutes and a -1 rating and added 0-3-3 with a +1 rating in eight appearances for the Monsters.

A 6’2”, 194 lb., right-handed native of Paris, ON, Dalpe was originally selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round (45th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and contributed 12-12-24 with 36 penalty minutes and a -31 rating in 140 NHL appearances for the Hurricanes, Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild, and Blue Jackets spanning parts of eight seasons from 2010-18. In 298 AHL appearances spanning parts of eight seasons from 2010-18 for the Albany River Rats, Charlotte Checkers, Utica Comets, Rochester Americans, Iowa Wild, and the Monsters, Dalpe logged 106-107-213 with 126 penalty minutes and a +5 rating. Prior to his professional career, Dalpe tallied 24-36-70 with 44 penalty minutes and a +19 rating in 76 NCAA appearances for Ohio State University.

In 43 career NHL appearances for the Blue Jackets spanning three seasons from 2015-18, Hannikainen supplied 3-3-6 with 12 penalty minutes and a -3 rating. In 115 career AHL appearances, all for the Monsters, spanning three seasons from 2015-18, Hannikainen logged 26-34-60 with 42 penalty minutes and a +13 rating and notched 3-7-10 with two penalty minutes and a +12 rating in 16 appearances in the 2016 AHL Playoffs, helping the Monsters claim the 2016 Calder Cup Championship. In 117 career Liiga appearances for Jokerit, HPK, and JYP spanning parts of four seasons from 2011-15, Hannikainen tallied 22-31-53 with 67 penalty minutes and a +26 rating and represented Finland in the 2012 and 2013 IIHF U20 World Junior Championships, and the 2017 IIHF World Championships.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday home clash vs. the Tucson Roadrunners with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on SportsTime Ohio, Alt 99.1, and the Monsters Hockey Network.

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