COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled left wing Markus Hannikainen from the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate and assigned goaltender Anton Forsberg to Cleveland, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Hannikainen, 23, has registered four shots in five games with the Blue Jackets this season. He has also tallied nine goals and five assists for 14 points with eight penalty minutes and a +4 plus/minus rating in 24 games with Cleveland.
The Helsinki, Finland native has skated in nine career NHL games since making his NHL debut with the Jackets on November 28, 2015 at St. Louis. He has also notched 16-18-34 with 28 penalty minutes and a +10 plus/minus rating in 74 career AHL games with the Monsters since making his North American pro debut in 2015-16. He added 3-7-10 in 16 playoff games to help the Monsters capture the 2016 Calder Cup. Hannikainen originally signed a two-year, entry level contract with Columbus on April 20, 2015.
Forsberg, 24, is 12-6-1 with a 2.16 goals-against average, .930 save percentage and a shutout in 21 games with the Monsters this season. He is fourth in the AHL in save percentage, seventh in goals-against average and eighth in wins and minutes played (1,195).
A native of Härnösand, Sweden, Forsberg has posted a 58-24-7 record with a 2.17 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and six shutouts in 96 career AHL games with the Monsters and Springfield Falcons. He led the Monsters to the 2016 AHL Calder Cup after finishing with a 9-0-0 record, 1.34 GAA, .949 SV% and two shutouts in 10 contests.
Columbus' seventh round selection, 188th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft, he is 1-8-0 with a 4.07 goals-against and .879 save percentage in 10 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, including stopping 27-of-31 shots in a 5-3 loss at Carolina on Tuesday. He stopped six shots in overtime and two-of-three in the shootout on Jan. 2, 2016 vs. Washington (5-4 SOW) to record his first career NHL victory.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Friday when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning. Game time at Amalie 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 Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, 97.1 The Fan, and online at BlueJackets.com.