The injury bug has found its way to the Blue Jackets, but on the bright side, it presents an opportunity for some of the organization's prospects to step up and contribute.
Jonathan Audy-Marchessault and Tim Erixon were recalled by the club this afternoon in the wake of more injuries suffered in the last two games. Both players recently appeared in the AHL's All-Star Weekend in Providence, where Audy-Marchessault and Erixon were both named starters for the Eastern Conference.
More affectionately known as "JAM," Audy-Marchessault is currently the third-leading scorer in the AHL with 45 points (16 goals, 29 assists) in 42 games. He's the leading active scorer in the AHL, as Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz of Oklahoma City are both in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers.
Audy-Marchessault, 22, was signed to an entry-level deal by the Blue Jackets in July as an unrestricted free agent. He spent one season with the Connecticut Whale on an AHL-only deal, so Columbus was able to sign him and get him under contract for at least the next three years. He's a highly-skilled play maker who can dangle and shoot the puck, and has been a regular scoring threat for Brad Larsen's power play unit in Springfield.
Erixon, 21, was acquired in the Rick Nash trade on July 23 and has been one of the Falcons' big minute-players on the blue line. He set an AHL season-high with a +6 on Nov. 4 against Connecticut -- his first game against his former club since being traded to Columbus. He's racked up 29 points (five goals, 24 assists) in 40 games with the Falcons and owns a +9 rating, all while drawing the top defensive assignments on a nightly basis.
Both players are likely to see game action with the Blue Jackets adding more players to the injury list. Adrian Aucoin and Nikita Nikitin left Tuesday's game with injuries and Todd Richards said they would be evaluated upon return to Columbus.
Cam Atkinson (lower body, IR) and Matt Calvert (upper body, IR) also missed the game in Minnesota. There is no timetable for Atkinson's return, while Calvert is expected to miss about a week.