COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky on Injured Reserve retroactive to January 21, recalled forward Josh Anderson and added goaltender Anton Forsberg to the roster on emergency recall from the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Bobrovsky, 26, suffered a groin injury on January 21 at Winnipeg and is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks. Selected to play in his first NHL All-Star Game prior to the injury, he has posted a 16-15-2 record with a 2.85 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and one shutout in 33 games this season. The Novokuznetsk, Russia native and 2013 Vezina trophy winner is 69-46-13 with a 2.39 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and 10 shutouts in 129 games with Columbus and 111-69-23 with a 2.52 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and 10 shutouts in 212 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers.
Anderson, 20, made his NHL debut on January 16 against the New York Rangers and has suited up in four games this season, recording seven shots on goal, 17 hits, two penalty minutes and averaging 13:24 time on ice. He has added 4-7-11 and 58 penalty minutes in 39 games with Springfield. Columbus’ fourth pick, 95th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft, he posted career highs in goals, points and penalty minutes with the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights in 2013-14, collecting 27-24-51 and 81 penalty minutes in 59 games. The Burlington, Ontario native registered 62-60-122 and 192 penalty minutes in 191 career OHL games and also represented Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championships.
Forsberg, 22, who recorded 26 saves in his NHL debut on November 1 in a 3-2 loss at New Jersey, is 0-1-0 with a 5.30 goals-against average and .841 save percentage in two games with Columbus this season. The Harnosand, Sweden native was selected to participate in the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic after posting an 18-7-1 record with a 2.04 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and two shutouts in 27 games with Springfield. Columbus’ sixth pick, 188th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft, Forsberg has gone 21-7-1 with a 1.94 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in 31 career AHL games since making his North American professional debut with the Falcons late last season.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Tuesday when they host the Washington Capitals. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan, and online at BlueJackets.com.