UPDATE (Saturday): Rychel was assigned to Lake Erie after Friday's morning skate in Columbus. He registered two goals and an assist in the Monsters' home opener win at Quicken Loans Arena. He has been recalled by the Blue Jackets and will join the team in Chicago.
COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed center Alexander Wennberg on Injured Reserve retroactive to October 9 and recalled left wing Kerby Rychel from the American Hockey League’s Lake Erie Monsters, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Wennberg, 21, is sidelined indefinitely after suffering a concussion in the Blue Jackets season opener vs. the New York Rangers on October 9. He recorded four goals and 16 assists for 20 points with 22 penalty minutes in 68 games in his first NHL season in 2014-15. The Stockholm, Sweden native was the club’s first pick, 14th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft.
Rychel, 21, collected an assist in Lake Erie’s 2015-16 season opener vs. Rochester on October 9. He made his NHL debut on November 29, 2014 at Nashville and posted 0-3-3 with two penalty minutes and was +3 in five games with the Blue Jackets in 2014-15. The Torrance, California native added 12-21-33, 43 penalty minutes and was +7 in 51 games with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons. He was the club’s second first round pick, 19th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 6:30 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.