Blue Jackets Recall Markus Hannikainen from Monsters
COLUMBUS, OH – The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled left wing Markus Hannikainen from the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Hannikainen, 24, has posted 1-1-2 with six penalty minutes and an “even” plus/minus rating in 10 games with the Blue Jackets this season, scoring his first NHL goal on January 21 vs. Carolina and collecting his first NHL assist on February 25 vs. the NY Islanders. He has also recorded 19-18-37, 22 penalty minutes and a +6 plus/minus rating in 57 games with Cleveland.
The Helsinki, Finland native has registered 1-1-2 with six penalty minutes in 14 career NHL games since making his debut in 2015-16. Originally signed to a two-year, entry level contract with Columbus on April 20, 2015, Hannikainen has also notched 26-31-57, 42 penalty minutes and is +12 in 107 career AHL games with the Monsters. Last year, he also tallied 3-7-10 in 16 playoff games to help the club capture the Calder Cup championship.
The Blue Jackets return to action today when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Three of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 6 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with a special one-hour Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 5 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, 97.1 The Fan FM, and online at BlueJackets.com.