COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated right wing Jack Skille off Injured Reserve, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Skille, who has missed the past four games after suffering a lower body injury at Toronto on January 9, will be available to play in tonight’s game at Minnesota.
Skille, 27, has recorded five goals and two assists for seven points with 16 penalty minutes in 35 games this season since being claimed off waivers from the New York Islanders on October 5. He has collected 29-31-60 and 95 penalty minutes in 229 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers and Chicago Blackhawks.
A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Skille originally joined the Blue Jackets as a free agent prior to the 2013-14 season. He notched 5-2-7 and 16 penalty minutes in 35 games and added 0-1-1 six Stanley Cup Playoff games with Columbus, while adding 13-11-24 and nine penalty minutes in 22 games with the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons. He was Chicago’s first pick, seventh overall, in the 2005 NHL Draft.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they visit the Minnesota Wild. Game time from Xcel Energy Center is 8 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 7:30 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.