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Blue Jackets activate defenseman Ryan Murray off injured reserve; assign Alexander Wennberg to Springfield (AHL)

by BlueJackets.com Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenseman Ryan Murray off the Injured Non-Roster list and assigned forward Alexander Wennberg to the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Murray, 21, will make his season debut today against the Los Angeles Kings after being sidelined due to off-season knee surgery. He recorded four goals and 17 assists for 21 points with four penalty minutes and a +4 plus/minus rating in 66 games in his first NHL season in 2013-14.

The Regina, Saskatchewan native was the club’s first pick, second overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft. He registered 22-99-121 with 121 penalty minutes and a cumulative +51 plus/minus rating in 191 career games with the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League from 2009-12. A member of Canada’s bronze medal-winning team at the 2012 World Junior Championships, he also played in the 2012 World Championships, becoming the second-youngest player ever to represent Canada in the tournament.

Wennberg, 20, appeared in seven games with the Blue Jackets this season, registering his first NHL point (assist) in his NHL debut on October 9 at Buffalo. He recorded 16 goals and five assists for 21 points with eight penalty minutes in 50 games with Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League in 2013-14. The Stockholm, Sweden native was the club’s first pick, 14th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft.

The Blue Jackets face off against the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings at STAPLES Center today at 4 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 3:30 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 BlueJackets.com.

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