Blue Jackets Recall Forsberg, Assign Hannikainen to Monsters
Fourth-year goaltender earns first NHL call-up this season, Cleveland welcomes assistant captain, second-leading goal scorer back into fold.
CLEVELAND – The AHL’s defending Calder Cup Champions, the Cleveland Monsters, proudly powered by Constellation, announced Monday that fourth-year goaltender Anton Forsberg was recalled by the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets for the first time this season and second-year left wing Markus Hannikainen was assigned to Cleveland by Columbus following his fifth NHL call-up of the year.
A 6’2” 191 lb. native of Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, Forsberg, 24, posted a 12-6-1 record in a team-high 21 appearances for the Monsters this season with one shutout, a 2.16 goals-against average (GAA) and a .930 save percentage (S%) to his credit. In nine career NHL appearances for the Blue Jackets spanning the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, Forsberg supplied a 1-7-0 record with a 4.01 GAA and a .882 S%.
In 96 career AHL games played for the Monsters and Springfield Falcons spanning each of the past four seasons, Forsberg contributed a 58-24-7 record with six shutouts, a 2.17 GAA and a .923 S% and was named to the 2014-15 AHL All-Star Team. A seventh-round selection by Columbus (188th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Forsberg delivered a 9-0 record in ten appearances for the then ‘Lake Erie’ Monsters in the 2016 AHL postseason, notching two shutouts, a 1.34 GAA and a .949 S%, helping the Monsters claim their first Calder Cup Championship in franchise history.
A 6’1” 189 lb. left-handed native of Helsinki, Finland, Hannikainen, 23, currently ranks second on the Monsters’ roster with nine goals this season, and has to his credit a total of 14 points, eight penalty minutes and a +4 rating in 24 appearances. In five appearances for the Blue Jackets this season, Hannikainen posted 0-0-0 with a -1 rating.
An undrafted player signed by Columbus as a free agent on April 20, 2015, Hannikainen has a -3 rating to his credit in nine career NHL games played for the Blue Jackets spanning the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons and in 74 career AHL appearances, all for the Monsters, spanning the last two seasons, Hannikainen supplied 16-18-34 with 28 penalty minutes and a +10 rating. Named one of Cleveland’s four assistant captains prior to the 2016-17 campaign, Hannikainen contributed 3-7-10 with two penalty minutes and a +12 rating in 16 Calder Cup Playoff appearances for the Monsters last year, en route to the AHL title.