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Blue Jackets add forward Ryan Craig to the roster on emergency recall from Springfield

by BlueJackets.com Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have added left wing Ryan Craig to the roster on emergency recall from the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Craig, 33, has tallied 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points with 54 penalty minutes and a +1 plus/minus rating in 57 games with the Falcons this season. He leads the club with six power play goals and is tied for third in goals and points. The Falcons captain has registered 147-162-309 and 485 penalty minutes in 570 career AHL games.

Tampa Bay’s 10th pick, 255th overall, in the 2002 NHL Draft, Craig has picked up 32-31-63 and 148 penalty minutes in 196 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins. He spent seven years in the Lightning organization, including 2005-06 when he tallied NHL career highs in goals, assists and points with 15-13-28 in 48 games and 2006-07 when he notched 14-13-27 in an NHL career-high 72 games. He averaged 7:01 TOI in six games with Columbus in 2013-14.

The 6-2, 214-pound native of Abbotsford, British Columbia registered 137-131-268 and 256 penalty minutes in 302 career games with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League from 1998-03. In 2002-03, he tallied a career-high 42-32-74, 69 penalty minutes and was +22 in 60 games.

The Blue Jackets return to action on Wednesday when they visit the Edmonton Oilers. Game time from Rexall Place is 10 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 9:30 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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