The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled forward Joakim Lindstrom and added goaltender Andrew Penner to the roster on an emergency recall from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced Wednesday. Both players are expected join the club prior to tonight's game at Nationwide Arena against the Los Angeles Kings.
Lindstrom, 22, was a second round pick of the Blue Jackets in the 2002 Entry Draft. He has scored 9-17-26 with a +6 plus-minus rating, four power-play goals and two shorthanded goals in 36 games with Syracuse this season, his first full year in North America. He has also posted 6-10-16 with a +14 plus-minus rating over his last 18 games and has a “plus” or “even” rating in his last 21 contests.
The Skelleftea, Sweden native made his North American debut at the end of the 2004-05 season, scoring 4-4-8 in 13 games. He opened the season with MoDo of the Swedish Elite League and recorded 2-3-4 in 37 games before making the transfer to North America. In parts of five seasons in the Swedish Elite League, Lindstrom recorded 12-13-25 in 133 regular season games and 4-7-11 in 27 playoff games.
Penner, 23, has appeared in 25 games with the Crunch this season and is 13-7-1 with a 3.09 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage. In his last two starts, Penner has posted a 1-1-0 record, stopping 56-of-60 (.933) with a 2.01 goals-against average. Last night, he made 28 saves in a 1-0 loss vs. Peoria. He is 21-19-1 with a 2.89 goals-against average in 48 career AHL games.
The Blue Jackets return to action on tonight when they host the Los Angeles Kings at Nationwide Arena. Game time is set for 7 p.m., with FSN Ohio's Ice Breaker pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM Sports Radio 1460 the Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.