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Blue Jackets recall defenseman Michael Paliotta from Lake Erie (AHL); place Jack Johnson on injured reserve

by Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed defenseman Jack Johnson on Injured Reserve and recalled defenseman Michael Paliotta from Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Johnson, 29, will be sidelined for two weeks after suffering an upper body injury in last night’s game against the New Jersey Devils. He has recorded six goals and eight points for 14 points with 25 penalty minutes in 60 games this season.

Johnson has tallied 58-186-244 and 400 penalty minutes in 629 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Los Angeles Kings. Originally drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes third overall in the 2005 NHL Draft, the Indianapolis, Indiana native has registered 28-92-120 and 144 penalty minutes in 286 career games with the Jackets since being acquired from the Kings in a trade on Feb. 23, 2012.

Paliotta, 22, has collected 7-14-21 with 25 penalty minutes and a +2 plus/minus rating in 50 games with the Monsters this season. Playing in his first full professional season, he leads all club defensemen in goals, assists and points.

Acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks along with left wing Brandon Saad and center Alex Broadhurst on June 30, 2015, the Westport, Connecticut native recorded an assist in his NHL debut with the Blackhawks on April 11, 2015 at Colorado. Chicago’s fifth pick, 70th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft, he also collected 9-27-36 and 40 penalty minutes in 41 games in his senior season at the University of Vermont (Hockey East) in 2014-15. He led the club in assists and points and finished fifth in points among NCAA Division 1 blueliners, while serving as the team’s captain. He tallied 19-64-83 and 185 penalty minutes in 144 career games at Vermont from 2011-15.

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