COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned defensemen Justin Falk and John Ramage to Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced tonight.
Falk, 27, recorded a hit while logging 11:29 of ice time tonight against the Detroit Red Wings after being called up prior to the contest. He has recorded 0-4-4 with 17 penalty minutes in 21 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He has added 2-3-5, 39 penalty minutes and is -1 in 25 games with Lake Erie. The Snowflake, Manitoba native has notched 2-21-23 and 151 penalty minutes in 168 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild and NY Rangers, including 1-5-6 and 24 penalty minutes in 26 games since joining the Jackets via trade on March 2, 2015. Minnesota’s second pick, 110th overall, in the 2007 NHL Draft, he has also tallied 9-29-38 and 245 penalty minutes in 253 career AHL games with the Monsters, Iowa Wild and Houston Aeros.
Ramage, 25, registered a team-high four blocked shots while logging 14:09 of ice time in his Blue Jackets debut against the Red Wings tonight. He has collected 6-12-18 and 51 penalty minutes in 55 games with Lake Erie this season. Signed by the Blue Jackets on July 3, 2015, he is second among Monsters defensemen in both goals and points. He has set career highs in both categories in his first season with the organization. The Mississauga, Ontario native has registered 9-25-34 and 178 penalty minutes in 162 career AHL games with the Monsters, Adirondack Flames and Abbotsford Heat. Calgary’s third pick, 103rd overall, in the 2010 NHL Draft, he made his NHL debut with the Flames on April 11, 2015 at Winnipeg. He collected 14-39-53 with 237 penalty minutes and was +26 in 157 career games at the University of Wisconsin (WCHA) from 2009-13.