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Battalion Breakdown: Looking at Emil Bemstrom's season

Swedish winger showed he can score goals in bunches as a rookie

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Battalion Breakdown is a closer look at the Blue Jackets' season on a player-by-player basis. Today, BlueJackets.com continues the series by looking at Emil Bemstrom and his impact on the team's season.

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CBJ sign C Ryan MacInnis to one-year, two-way contract extension

by Blue Jackets Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Ryan MacInnis to a one-year, two-way National Hockey League/American Hockey League contract extension for the 2020-21 season, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

MacInnis, 24, made his NHL debut in 2019-20, collecting an assist, 13 shots and a +1 plus/minus rating in 10 games with the Blue Jackets. He skated in his first NHL contest on December 21 vs. New Jersey and recorded his first career point with an assist on December 27 at Washington. He added 7-23-30, 22 penalty minutes and was +6 in 45 appearances with the AHL's Cleveland Monsters. The 6-1, 200-pound forward set career highs in assists, points and plus/minus and finished second on the Monsters in assists, points and plus/minus rating.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, MacInnis has registered 25-60-85 and 133 penalty minutes in 245 career AHL outings with the Monsters, Tucson Roadrunners and Springfield Falcons since making his professional debut at the end of the 2015-16 campaign. He recorded 4-20-24 and 39 penalty minutes in a career-high 71 games in his first season with the Monsters in 2018-19.

Selected by the Arizona Coyotes in the second round, 43rd overall, at the 2014 NHL Draft, MacInnis was acquired by the Blue Jackets via trade from the Coyotes on July 18, 2018. He racked up 79-101-180 and 95 penalty minutes in 192 career appearances with the Kitchener Rangers in the Ontario Hockey League from 2013-16.

FULL RYAN MacINNIS STATS

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Finnish teammates could be Blue Jackets down the road, too

Third-round, fourth-round picks of Columbus in this year's draft play for the same team in Finland

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Samuel Knazko needed very little introduction to the Columbus Blue Jackets when the team selected him in the third round of the NHL draft earlier this month. 

Why is that? The Slovak defenseman that plays for the HC TPS junior team in Turku, Finland, already considers himself a huge fan of CBJ blueliner Zach Werenski. 

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CBJ sign C Kevin Stenlund to one-year, two-way contract extension

Team also loans D Jacob Christiansen to ICEHL's Bratislava Capitals

by Blue Jackets Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Kevin Stenlund to a one-year, two-way National Hockey League/American Hockey League contract for the 2020-21 season, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The team also announced it has loaned defenseman Jacob Christiansen to the Bratislava Capitals in the Austrian League (ICEHL). He is expected to rejoin the Blue Jackets prior to the start of the 2020-21 NHL season.

Stenlund, 24, posted six goals and four assists for 10 points with eight penalty minutes and a +2 plus/minus rating in 32 regular season games and 1-0-1 in two playoff outings with the Blue Jackets in 2019-20. He ranked second among team rookies in shot percentage (10.5) and time on ice (13:59) and third-T in goals. He made his season debut with Columbus on December 16 vs. Washington and notched his first career goal a day later at Detroit (Jonathan Bernier). The forward added 6-12-18 and 24 penalty minutes in 33 appearances with the AHL's Cleveland Monsters during the campaign.

A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Stenlund has registered 6-4-10, 12 penalty minutes and a cumulative +2 plus/minus rating in 36 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, including making his NHL debut on Jan. 12, 2019 at Washington. He has collected 21-24-45 and 40 penalty minutes in 99 career AHL outings with the Monsters since making his North American professional debut at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.

The 6-4, 209-pound center was drafted by the Blue Jackets in the second round, 58th overall, at the 2015 NHL Draft. He registered 22-23-45 and 66 penalty minutes in 151 career games with HV71 in the Swedish Hockey League from 2014-18.

FULL KEVIN STENLUND STATS

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Battalion Breakdown: Looking at Oliver Bjorkstrand's season

Winger elevated himself into becoming one of the NHL's best in 2019-20

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Battalion Breakdown is a closer look at the Blue Jackets' season on a player-by-player basis. Today, BlueJackets.com continues the series by looking at Oliver Bjorkstrand and his impact on the team's season.

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CBJ sign F Calvin Thurkauf to one-year, two-way NHL/AHL extension

by Blue Jackets Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Calvin Thurkauf to a one-year, two-way National Hockey League/American Hockey League contract extension for the 2020-21 season, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Thurkauf, 23, has collected two goals and an assist for three points with 18 penalty minutes and a +5 plus/minus rating in seven appearances with EV Zug in Switzerland's top professional league (NLA) in 2020-21. He made his NHL debut with the Blue Jackets on Feb. 22, 2020 at Nashville and skated in three contests with the club during the 2019-20 campaign.

A native of Zug, Switzerland, Thurkauf (TUHR-KAWF) has added 22-30-52 and 101 penalty minutes in 154 career AHL contests with the Cleveland Monsters since making his North American pro debut in 2017-18. The 6-2, 204-pound forward finished third-T on the team in assists and fourth-T in points in 2019-20 with 9-17-26 and 37 penalty minutes in 53 outings.

Columbus' seventh round pick, 185th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft, Thurkauf posted 51-64-115, 141 penalty minutes and a cumulative +53 plus/minus rating in 121 career games with the Kelowna Rockets in the Western Hockey League from 2015-17. He has represented Switzerland at various international tournaments, including the 2016 and 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships and 2015 IIHF U18 World Championships.

FULL CALVIN THURKAUF STATS

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Game of the Month: Blue Jackets opened 2010-11 season in Sweden

Columbus split two games with San Jose in a memorable opener

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Each month during our 20th anniversary celebration, BlueJackets.com will look back at a memorable moment in franchise history from that month with our Game of the Month feature. The series begins today with the start of the 2010 season, when Columbus traveled to Stockholm, Sweden, to take on San Jose in a pair of games as part of the NHL Premiere to kick off the season Oct. 8-9, 2010. 

The Blue Jackets staggered into the Ericsson Globe the afternoon of Oct. 3, 2010, half a world away from their home base in Ohio's capital city, and could have been excused if they didn't know where they were. 

Mere hours earlier, the Blue Jackets played a preseason game -- their third in three days -- against the Atlanta Thrashers in Nationwide Arena. Immediately afterward, they boarded a plane for Stockholm, Sweden, where they would open the season Oct. 8 against the San Jose Sharks as part of the NHL's yearly overseas kickoff. 

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Battalion Breakdown: Looking at Zach Werenski's season

Defenseman cemented himself as one of the best in the league with standout campaign

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Battalion Breakdown is a closer look at the Blue Jackets' season on a player-by-player basis. Today, BlueJackets.com continues the series by looking at Zach Werenski and his impact on the team's season. 

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Battalion Breakdown: Looking at Nathan Gerbe's season

Veteran became a spark plug, fan favorite for the Blue Jackets

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Battalion Breakdown is a closer look at the Blue Jackets' season on a player-by-player basis. Today, BlueJackets.com continues the series by looking at Nathan Gerbe and his impact on the team's season. 

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Classic CBJ games/replays from 2019-20 season to air on FSO

by Blue Jackets Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

As preparations for their 20th National Hockey League season continue, the Columbus Blue Jackets, along with FOX Sports Ohio, announced today the network's plans to air classic games from the club's first 19 seasons and select replays from the 2019-20 campaign. FOX Sports Ohio will air a replay from last season on Tuesdays and a classic Blue Jackets game on Fridays, beginning tomorrow at 8 p.m. with Game Two of the 2014 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series between Columbus and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Additionally, all replay telecasts will stream live on the FOX Sports GO app.

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