The Columbus Blue Jackets have reassigned forward Ryan Craig to the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Craig, 31, has appeared in three games with Columbus this season, recording three shots on goal in addition to five hits and one blocked shot. He spent the 2012-13 campaign with the Falcons, serving as team captain while scoring 20 goals and dishing out 27 assists for 47 points with 71 penalty minutes and an even plus/minus rating in 75 games.
Originally selected by Tampa Bay in the eighth round, 255th overall, of the 2002 NHL Draft, Craig has appeared in 193 career NHL contests with the Blue Jackets, Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins, registering 32-31-63 and 148 penalty minutes. The 6-2, 213-pound center has also recorded 117-131-248 in 458 career AHL games with Springfield, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Norfolk and Hershey.
A native of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Craig played for the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings from 1997-2003, tallying 137-131-268 in 302 appearances. He was named the Canadian Hockey League’s Humanitarian of the Year in 2002-03 and scored 42 goals that season, which was tops on the Wheat Kings and the sixth-best mark in the WHL.