The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed goaltender Joonas Korpisalo on Injured Reserve retroactive to December 29 and loaned him to the American Hockey League's Cleveland Monsters on a conditioning assignment, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The Blue Jackets have also assigned right wing Kole Sherwood to the Monsters.
Korpisalo, 25, has missed the past 22 games with a knee injury suffered on December 29 vs. Chicago. He was named to his first NHL All-Star Game and has set single-season career highs in wins, shutouts, minutes played and games played with a 17-10-4 record, 2.49 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and two shutouts on 1,877 minutes in 32 appearances in 2019-20.
Prior to his injury, the Pori, Finland native had a nine-game regulation unbeaten streak with a 6-0-3 mark, 1.72 goals-against average, .942 save percentage and one shutout from December 9-29. Since November 1 (min. 20 games played), he leads the NHL in goals-against average and ranks third-T in save percentage with a 12-6-3 record, 2.11 GAA, .926 SV% and two shutouts in 22 outings.
Columbus' third round pick, 62nd overall, at the 2012 NHL Draft, Korpisalo is 58-41-13 with a 2.78 GAA, .908 SV% and three shutouts in 122 career games with the club.
Sherwood, 23, has played in five career NHL contests, including three in 2019-20 after making his season debut on November 2 vs. Calgary. The forward has registered 24 goals and 12 assists for 36 points with 123 penalty minutes in 92 career AHL games with the Monsters. He has 8-3-11 and 50 penalty minutes in 34 appearances in 2019-20. The New Albany, Ohio native was signed by the Blue Jackets to a three-year, entry level contract on July 7, 2015 and became the first player born in the Columbus-area to appear in a regular season game for the Blue Jackets when he made his NHL debut on February 16, 2019 at Chicago.