Blue Jackets Recall Korpisalo, Hannikainen from Monsters
Goaltender Anton Forsberg assigned to Cleveland prior to Friday clash at Charlotte.
CLEVELAND – The AHL’s defending Calder Cup Champions, the Cleveland Monsters, proudly powered by Constellation, announced Friday that goaltender Joonas Korpisalo was recalled by the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets and left wing Markus Hannikainen was added to Columbus’ roster on an emergency basis. The Monsters also announced that net-minder Anton Forsberg was assigned to Cleveland prior to the team’s Friday road game vs. the Charlotte Checkers.
A 6’3”, 190 lb. native of Pori, Finland, Korpisalo, 22, was selected by the Blue Jackets in the third round (62nd overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and has a 4-1-0 record with a 3.27 goals-against average (GAA) and .902 save percentage (S%) in six appearances for Columbus this season. In 37 career NHL appearances, all for the Blue Jackets, spanning parts of the past two seasons, Korpisalo is 20-12-0 with a 2.69 GAA and a .917 S%. In 16 appearances for Cleveland this year, Korpisalo is 7-6-3 with a 2.69 GAA and a .907 S% and in 37 career AHL appearances spanning each of the past three seasons for the Springfield Falcons and the Monsters, Korpisalo has to his credit a 15-16-3 record with two shutouts, a 2.57 GAA and a .908 S%. In nine postseason appearances for the Monsters in 2016, Korpisalo posted a 6-2 record with a 2.96 GAA and a .898 S%, helping Cleveland claim the Calder Cup as AHL Playoff Champions.
A 6’1”, 190 lb. left-handed native of Helsinki, Finland, Hannikainen, 23, has 12-8-20 to his credit in 36 appearances for the Monsters this season, along with 16 penalty minutes and a +2 rating. In 11 career NHL appearances for Blue Jackets spanning the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, Hannikainen logged 1-0-1 with two penalty minutes and a -3 rating. In 86 career AHL appearances, all for the Monsters, spanning each of the past two seasons, Hannikainen contributed 19-21-40 with 36 penalty minutes and a +8 rating and supplied 3-7-10 with two penalty minutes and a +12 rating in 16 postseason appearances for the Monsters in 2016, helping Cleveland claim the Calder Cup. An undrafted skater, Hannikainen was signed to an entry-level contract by Columbus on April 20, 2015.
A two-time AHL All-Star (2015, 2017), Forsberg is 0-1-0 with a 4.07 GAA and a .852 S% in one appearance for the Blue Jackets this season. A 6’3”, 192 lb. native of Härnösand, Sweden, Forsberg, 24, was selected by Columbus in the seventh round (188th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and is 1-8-0 in ten career NHL appearances, all for the Blue Jackets, spanning parts of the past three seasons, with a 4.02 GAA and a .879 S%. In a team-leading 31 appearances for Cleveland this year, Forsberg is 15-12-2 with two shutouts, the AHL’s third-best GAA (2.18) and the league’s second-best S% (.929), and in 106 career AHL appearances spanning each of the past four seasons for Springfield and the Monsters, Forsberg is 61-30-8 with seven shutouts, a 2.17 GAA and a .924 S%. In ten postseason appearances for the Monsters last year, Forsberg posted a 9-0 record with two shutouts, a 1.34 GAA and a .949 S% and was between the pipes as Cleveland claimed the tenth Calder Cup in the city’s history and the first in Monsters franchise history.
Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday road clash vs. the Charlotte Checkers with full coverage, live from Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, NC, underway at 7:15 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.