COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed defensemen Brett Lebda and Marc Methot on injured reserve and added defenseman Dalton Prout to the roster on emergency recall from the Springfield Falcons, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, Blue Jackets Executive Vice President and General Manager Scott Howson announced today. The club also added goaltender Allen York to the roster on emergency recall from the Chicago Express, the club’s ECHL affiliate, as Blue Jackets goaltender Curtis Sanford is day-to-day with an upper body injury.
Prout, 21, was the Blue Jackets’ seventh pick, 154th overall, in the 2007 Entry Draft. Playing his first professional season, he has recorded three goals and four assists for seven points with 41 penalty minutes in 41 games with Springfield this season.
Prior to his professional career, the LaSalle, Ontario native played five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League. He collected 17-49-66 and 436 penalty minutes with a cumulative plus/minus rating of +16 in 286 career games with Sarnia, Barrie and Saginaw. He added 3-9-12 and 73 penalty minutes in 46 career playoff games.
York, 22, has appeared in four games with the Blue Jackets this season, going 0-1-0 with a 3.53 goals-against average and .878 save percentage. He made his NHL debut against Detroit on October 25 and made his first NHL start at Chicago on October 29. He has gone 1-1-0 with a 3.84 goals-against average and .871 save percentage in five games with Springfield, as well as posting a 4-3-1 mark with a 3.62 GAA and .888 SV% in nine games with the Express.
The Blue Jackets’ sixth pick, 158th overall, in the 2007 Entry Draft, York signed his entry level contract on March 29, 2011 after he completed his junior season at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (R.P.I.). He went 37-33-8, with a 2.47 GAA, .915 SV% and four shutouts in 83 career games. He ranks first all-time among R.P.I. goaltenders in GAA and is fourth in SV%. The Wetaskiwin, Alberta native was named Second Team All-ECAC and was a finalist for Ken Dryden Award, given to the ECAC Goaltender of the Year, in 2009-10 and was named Third Team All-ECAC in 2010-11.
The Blue Jackets return to action Saturday when they visit the Minnesota Wild. Game time from Xcel Energy Center is set for 8 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 7:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel & Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan in Columbus and online at BlueJackets.com.
Single game tickets for the Blue Jackets home games starting at $26 are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at BlueJackets.com, the official club web site, and ticketmaster.com.
Full and partial season ticket plans for the Blue Jackets’ 2011-12 season are on sale now starting at less than $15 per game. Full and partial-season ticket holders receive a number of great benefits including significant savings versus single-game prices; the best available seat locations; exclusive access to events with players and coaches; and priority access to tickets for most other events at Nationwide Arena and the Jerome Schottenstein Center. For more information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.