The Cleveland Monsters NHL Affiliate, the Columbus Blue Jackets, brought in some veteran support as they move toward the Stanley Cup Playoffs

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The Cleveland Monsters NHL Affiliate, the Columbus Blue Jackets, brought in some veteran support as they move toward the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

This post has been updated to include all game data through March 7th.

Blue Jackets Report

With the NHL trade deadline and two deadline-day deals behind them, the Columbus Blue Jackets are primed for a strong playoff push. At 42-17-6, Columbus sits second in the Metro Division and Eastern Conference with 90 points.

On Wednesday, March 1st, Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen brought a veteran presence to his young club as he sent bruising defenseman Dalton Prout to New Jersey for puck-moving blueliner Kyle Quincey, and traded Cleveland Monsters defenseman Dillon Heatherington to Dallas for veteran left-winger Lauri Korpikoski.

The 31-year-old Quincey tallied four goals, eight assists and 39 penalty minutes in 53 games for New Jersey this season, averaging 18:38 minutes of ice time per game en route to a plus-4 rating. Quincey, with 548 career games played between Detroit, Los Angeles, Colorado and New Jersey, has also appeared in 54 career NHL playoff games, more than all other Jackets defenseman combined. A fourth-round selection (132nd overall) by Detroit in the 2003 NHL entry draft, Quincey has totaled 34 career goals, 118 assists and 508 penalty minutes.

Korpikoski, 30, registered eight goals, 12 assists and 10 penalty minutes in 60 games with Dallas this season. In 600 career games with the New York Rangers, Arizona, Edmonton and Dallas, the 30-year-old forward has racked up 86 goals, 115 assists and 132 penalty minutes. A first-round selection (19th overall) by the Rangers in 2004, Korpikoski has appeared in 30 career playoff games, most recently with Phoenix in the 2011-12 campaign.

Player Pulse

The Blue Jackets are 9-4-1 in their last 15 games and have received significant contributions from former Monsters Oliver Bjorkstrand, Joonas Korpisalo and Zach Werenski in that span.

Bjorkstrand has appeared in nine games since his recall on February 14th, tallying four goals and three assists with a plus-6 rating. In his first game since being recalled, the 21-year-old winger went top shelf on a breakaway for his first goal with Columbus this season. 

Korpisalo has also found his rhythm of late, going 2-1 with a .952 save percentage and a 1.33 goals-against-average since being recalled on February 13th. The 22-year-old Finn also notched his first NHL shutout on February 25th against the New York Islanders, stopping all 24 shots faced in the Blue Jackets 7-0 win.

Werenski totaled one goal and seven assists with two penalty minutes and 41 shots on goal over the club’s last 14 games. ESPN’s Craig Custance recently detailed the adjustments Werenski has made throughout his superb rookie campaign.

Recent News

2017-03-06 T.J. Tynan (C) DEL Recalled from loan by Columbus (NHL)
2017-03-04 Miles Koules (F) ADD Signed to PTO
2017-03-04 T.J. Tynan (C) ADD Returned on loan from Columbus (NHL)
2017-03-03 T.J. Tynan (C) DEL Recalled from loan by Columbus (NHL)
2017-03-02 Michael Houser (G) ADD Recalled from loan to Cincinnati (ECHL)
2017-03-01 Marc-Andre Bergeron (D) ADD Returned on loan from Columbus (NHL)
2017-03-01 Markus Hannikainen (LW) ADD Returned on loan from Columbus (NHL)
2017-02-28 Marc-Andre Bergeron (D) DEL Released from PTO
2017-02-27 Zac Dalpe (RW) ADD Loaned from Columbus (NHL)
2017-02-24 Anton Forsberg (G) ADD Returned on loan from Columbus (NHL)
2017-02-24 Markus Hannikainen (LW) DEL Recalled from loan by Columbus (NHL)
2017-02-24 Joonas Korpisalo (G) DEL Recalled from loan by Columbus (NHL)