COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed left wing Markus Hannikainen on Injured Reserve, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. He is expected to be sidelined for two months after suffering a shoulder injury during Saturday’s game at the St. Louis Blues.
Hannikainen, 22, recorded two hits while logging 6:15 of ice time in his NHL debut prior to leaving the contest against the Blues. He has tallied five goals and six assists for 11 points with six penalty minutes and a +2 plus/minus rating in 17 games with Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, in his first professional season in North America.
The Helsinki, Finland native registered 19-27-46, 51 penalty minutes and a +22 plus/minus rating in 60 games with JYP in his first full season in Liiga, Finland’s top professional league, in 2014-15. He finished second on JYP in goals, third in assists and points and was among Liiga’s leaders in goals (fourth-T), assists (10th-T), points (eighth), plus/minus (first) and games played (first-T). Signed by Columbus to a two-year, entry level contract on April 20, 2015, Hannikainen recorded 22-31-53 with 67 penalty minutes and a +26 plus/minus rating in 117 career Liiga games with Jokerit, HPK and JYP.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Tuesday when they visit the Montreal Canadiens. Game time from the Bell Centre is 7:30 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 7 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including WWCD 102.5 FM, and online at BlueJackets.com.