COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled center Michael Chaput and left wing Kerby Rychel from the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The club has also assigned center Alexander Wennberg to Springfield.
Chaput, 22, recorded two assists and eight penalty minutes in 18 games with the Blue Jackets this season and has added 1-4-5 in five games with Springfield. The Ile Bizard, Quebec native has recorded 0-3-3 and 10 penalty minutes in 35 career NHL games.
Acquired by the Blue Jackets in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers on February 28, 2012, Chaput has registered 33-49-82 and 108 penalty minutes in 133 career AHL games with Springfield.
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Rychel, 20, has collected 6-7-13 and 30 penalty minutes in 22 games with Springfield in his first professional campaign. The Torrance, California native split the 2013-14 season between the Guelph Storm and Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League, posting 34-56-90 and 43 penalty minutes and scoring the title-clinching goal in Game 5 of the OHL Finals to help Guelph win the J. Ross Robertson Cup.
The club’s second first round pick, 19th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft, Rychel registered 122-150-272 and 264 penalty minutes in 256 career OHL games. He represented Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championships and helped the Canadians win a bronze medal at the 2012 World U18 Championships.
Wennberg, 20, recorded his first NHL point (assist) in his NHL debut on October 9 at Buffalo, and has notched three assists with eight penalty minutes in 21 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He recorded 16-5-21 and eight penalty minutes in 50 games with Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League in 2013-14. The Stockholm, Sweden native was the club’s first pick, 14th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they play the Nashville Predators. Game time from Bridgestone Arena is 8 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 7:30 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.