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Columbus Blue Jackets activate forward Marian Gaborik, defenceman James Wisniewski off IR

Friday, 12.20.2013 / 4:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Blue Jackets activated forward Marian Gaborik and defenceman James Wisniewski off injured reserve Friday.

Gaborik has missed the past 17 games with a sprained knee. He has five goals and six assists in 17 games this season. In 786 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild, he has 341 goals, 344 assists and a plus/minus rating of plus-91. He has scored 40 or more goals in a season three times.

Wisniewski has missed the past six games with an upper-body injury. He leads all Columbus defencemen in scoring with two goals and 16 assists. In 435 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Montreal, New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks, he has 40 goals and 167 assists.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery