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Blue Jackets add goaltender Anton Forsberg on emergency recall, assign forward Markus Hannikainen to Lake Erie (AHL)

by BlueJackets.com Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets


COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have added goaltender Anton Forsberg to the roster on emergency recall from Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, and assigned left wing Markus Hannikainen to Lake Erie, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Forsberg, 23, is 1-3-0 with a 3.03 goals against average and .907 save percentage in four games with the Blue Jackets this season. He recorded six saves in overtime in relief of Curtis McElhinney and stopped two-of-three shootout attempts to secure his first NHL victory on January 2 vs. Washington. He has also compiled a 13-7-3 record with a 2.56 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage in 24 games with Lake Erie.

The Harnosand, Sweden native is 1-7-0 with a 4.01 goals against average and .882 save percentage in nine career NHL games with the Blue Jackets.

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He is also 36-15-4 with a 2.17 goals-against average, .920 save percentage and three shutouts in 58 career AHL games. The club’s sixth pick, 188th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft, he posted a 20-8-1 record with the Springfield Falcons, finishing third in the AHL in goals-against average (2.01) and fifth in save percentage (.927) in 2014-15.

Hannikainen, 22, has recorded three shots and averaged 7:08 of ice time in four games with the Blue Jackets this season. He missed 20 games after suffering a shoulder injury in his NHL debut on November 28 at St. Louis. The Helsinki, Finland native has also recorded 5-6-11 with six penalty minutes and a +2 plus/minus rating in 17 games with Lake Erie. Signed by Columbus to a two-year, entry level contract on April 20, 2015, he registered 22-31-53 with 67 penalty minutes and +26 in 117 career Liiga games with Jokerit, HPK and JYP from 2011-15, including 19-27-46, 51 penalty minutes and +22 in 60 games with JYP last season.

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