COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled left wing Markus Hannikainen from Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Hannikainen, 22, is tied for the team lead in both goals and points with five goals and six assists for 11 points this season. He has also recorded six penalty minutes and a +2 plus/minus rating in 17 games in his first professional season in North America.
The Helsinki, Finland native collected 19-27-46, 51 penalty minutes and a +22 plus/minus rating in 60 games with JYP in his first full season in Liiga, Finland’s top professional league, in 2014-15. He finished second on JYP in goals, third in assists and points and was among Liiga’s leaders in goals (fourth-T), assists (10th-T), points (eighth), plus/minus (first) and games played (first-T).
Signed by Columbus to a two-year, entry level contract on April 20, 2015, Hannikainen recorded 22-31-53 with 67 penalty minutes and a +26 plus/minus rating in 117 career Liiga games with Jokerit, HPK and JYP.