COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled right wing Josh Anderson and added defenseman Justin Falk to the roster on emergency recall from Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The Blue Jackets also assigned left wing Sonny Milano to the Monsters.
Anderson, 21, has recorded a goal and two assists for three points with two penalty minutes in 10 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He is second on Lake Erie in goals, fourth in points and third in both penalty minutes and plus/minus rating with 18-18-36, 108 penalty minutes and +13 in 53 games. The Burlington, Ontario native has registered 1-3-4 with four penalty minutes in 16 career NHL games with Columbus since making his NHL debut last season. The club’s fourth pick, 95th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft, he has also collected 25-28-53 with 184 penalty minutes and a +14 plus/minus rating in 105 career AHL games with the Monsters and Springfield Falcons.
Falk, 27, has registered 0-4-4 and 17 penalty minutes in 21 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He has added 2-5-7 with 43 penalty minutes and is +4 in 29 games with Lake Erie. The Snowflake, Manitoba native has tallied 2-21-23 and 151 penalty minutes in 168 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild and NY Rangers, including 1-5-6 and 24 penalty minutes in 26 games since joining the Jackets via trade on March 2, 2015. Minnesota’s second pick, 110th overall, in the 2007 NHL Draft, he has also notched 9-31-40 and 249 penalty minutes in 257 career AHL games with the Monsters, Iowa Wild and Houston Aeros.
Milano, 19, has posted 0-1-1 and a +1 plus/minus rating in three games with the Blue Jackets, including making his NHL debut on March 31 at the NY Islanders and recording his first NHL point with an assist a game later on April 2 at Carolina. The Massapequa, New York native has added 12-15-27 with 18 penalty minutes and a +10 plus/minus rating in 48 games with Lake Erie this season. Columbus’ first selection, 16th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft, he has tallied 12-20-32 and 18 penalty minutes in 58 career AHL games since making his pro debut with the Springfield Falcons at the end of the 2014-15 season. That year he also led the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers in scoring with 22-46-68 and 24 penalty minutes in 50 games in his lone OHL campaign.