--- Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson
has been named the National Hockey League’s Second Star of the Week for the period ending January 31, the League and club announced today. All-Star Game Most Valuable Player John Scott was named First Star, while Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel was the Third Star selection.
Atkinson tallied four goals and one assist for five points with nine shots on goal and a +4 plus/minus rating to lead the Blue Jackets to a pair of wins last week. He collected his third career hat trick, fired off seven shots and was +2 in a 5-2 home win over the Montreal Canadiens on January 25. The following night, he collected 1-1-2, two shots and was +2 in a 5-2 win at Montreal as Columbus swept the home-and-home set with the Canadiens.
Atkinson has tallied 17-15-32 and 12 penalty minutes in 50 games this season and is tied for second on the club in goals, ranks third in points and has scored both of the Jackets’ two shorthanded goals this season. The Riverside, Connecticut native has registered 76-68-144 and 70 penalty minutes in 269 career games with the Blue Jackets. He was the club’s eighth pick, 157th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Tuesday when they visit the Edmonton Oilers. Game time from Rexall Place is 9 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 8:30 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