Blue Jackets Assign Markus Hannikainen, Joonas Korpisalo to Monsters


Columbus additionally recalls goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks prior to Cleveland home clash vs. Texas.

The Cleveland Monsters, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, announced Saturday that the Blue Jackets assigned left wing Markus Hannikainen and goaltender Joonas Korpisalo to the Monsters and recalled rookie net-minder Matiss Kivlenieks.

So far this season, Hannikainen, a 6’1”, 200 lb., left-handed native of Helsinki, Finland, notched 2-2-4 with two penalty minutes and a -1 rating in 12 appearances for the Blue Jackets and supplied 0-1-1 with a +1 rating in a pair of games played for the Monsters. In 26 career NHL appearances spanning parts of three seasons with Columbus from 2015-17, Hannikainen, 24, contributed 3-3-6 with eight penalty minutes and a -1 rating. In 109 AHL appearances for the Monsters, spanning parts of three seasons from 2015-17, Hannikainen accumulated 26-32-58 with 42 penalty minutes and a +13 rating. In 2016, Hannikainen supplied 3-7-10 in 16 playoff appearances for Cleveland, helping the Monsters claim the Calder Cup as AHL Playoff Champions, and served as an assistant captain for Cleveland during the 2016-17 season.

In 117 Liiga appearances spanning parts of four seasons from 2011-15 with Jokerit, HPK, and JYP, Hannikainen tallied 22-31-53 with 67 penalty minutes and a +26 rating and represented Finland in multiple international tournaments, including the 2012 and 2013 IIHF U20 World Junior Championships and the 2017 IIHF World Championships. Hannikainen signed a two-year contract extension with the Blue Jackets on March 21, 2017.

A 6’3”, 182 lb. native of Pori, Finland, Korpisalo, 23, logged a 1-3-0 record with a 3.28 goals-against average (GAA) and a .896 save percentage (SV%) in four appearances for the Blue Jackets this season. In 49 career NHL appearances spanning the past three seasons for Columbus, Korpisalo posted a 24-19-5 record with a 2.73 GAA and a .914 SV%. In 38 career AHL appearances for the Monsters and Springfield Falcons spanning parts of four seasons from 2014-17, Korpisalo registered a 16-16-5 record with a 2.53 GAA and a .910 SV% and helped the Monsters with the 2016 Calder Cup. So far this season, Korpisalo is 1-0-0 for the Monsters in one appearance with a 1.00 GAA and a .970 SV%, stemming from a 32-save performance in a 3-1 home win over the Milwaukee Admirals on November 18th.

Originally selected by the Blue Jackets in the third round (62nd overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Korpisalo additionally logged time with Liiga’s Jokerit and Ilves during parts of three professional seasons in Finland and represented his home country in the 2013 IIHF U20 World Junior Championships and the 2017 IIHF World Championships.

A 6’3”, 184 lb. native of Riga, Lativia, Kivlenieks, 21, signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets on May 25th, 2017 and registered a 2-4-1 record with a 2.70 GAA and a .896 SV% in seven appearances for Monsters this season in his first-career professional action. Last season, Kivlenieks earned USHL Player and Goaltender of the Year honors and helped the Sioux City Musketeers claim the Anderson Cup as regular-season league champions. Kivlenieks’ 36-7-2 mark, with five shutouts, a 1.85 GAA, and a .932 SV% in 49 appearances last year, left the 2016-17 First-Team USHL All-Star atop the league-leaderboard at season’s end in terms of wins (1st), shutouts (T1st), GAA (1st), and SV% (1st).

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Saturday home clash vs. the Texas Stars with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.

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