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Blue Jackets activate center Alexander Wennberg off injured reserve

by Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated center Alexander Wennberg off Injured Reserve and assigned left wing Kerby Rychel to the American Hockey League’s Lake Erie Monsters, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Wennberg, 21, has missed the last five games after suffering a concussion in the season opener vs. the New York Rangers on October 9. He recorded four goals and 16 assists for 20 points with 22 penalty minutes in 68 games in his first NHL season in 2014-15. The Stockholm, Sweden native was the club’s first pick, 14th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Rychel, 21, recorded a fighting major and logged 9:18 of ice time in his Blue Jackets season debut at Chicago on October 17. He has also tallied 2-2-4 with a +2 plus/minus rating in two games with Lake Erie this season. He posted 0-3-3 with two penalty minutes and was +3 in five games with the Blue Jackets in his first professional season in 2014-15 and added 12-21-33, 43 penalty minutes and was +7 in 51 games with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons. The Torrence, California native was the club’s second first round pick, 19th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft.

The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the New York Islanders. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan, and online at

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