Columbus Blue Jackets have activated rookie forward Emil Bemstrom off Injured Reserve, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Bemstrom, 20, has missed the past 12 games with a dislocated rib and broken cartilage suffered on December 7 at Florida. He has recorded three goals and six assists for nine points with two penalty minutes in 28 games this season, ranking second among club rookies in assists and points. He scored his first NHL goal at Arizona on November 7 and went on to tie a franchise rookie record with a five-game points streak as he collected 3-3-6 from November 7-19.
The Nykoping, Sweden native was selected by Columbus in the fourth round, 117th overall, at the 2017 NHL Draft. He led the Swedish Hockey League in goals and power play goals in 2018-19 with 23-12-35 and 10 power play tallies in 47 appearances with Djurgardens IF, earning SHL Rookie of the Year honors. His 23 goals were the third-most by a teenager in SHL history, trailing Kent Nilsson's 28 in 1975-76 and Elias Petersson's 24 in 2017-18.
The Blue Jackets return to action this afternoon when they host the San Jose Sharks. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 1 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 12:30 p.m. All Blue Jackets games televised on FOX Sports Ohio will also be streamed live via the FOX Sports app. The game can also be heard on the Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including Sports Radio 97.1 FM The Fan in Columbus, and online at BlueJackets.com.