The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated center Brandon Dubinsky off Injured Reserve and placed left wing Markus Hannikainen on Injured Reserve retroactive to February 14, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The Jackets have also recalled defenseman Adam Clendening from the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate and assigned right wing Kole Sherwood to the AHL team.
Dubinsky, 32, has missed the past seven games due to a hip injury. He has registered five goals and six assists for 11 points with 34 penalty minutes in 37 games for the Blue Jackets during the 2018-19 campaign. He has also won 55.5 percent of face-offs taken this season. The Anchorage, Alaska native has posted 152-283-435 with 903 penalty minutes and a +29 plus/minus rating in 799 career NHL games. Originally the NY Rangers' fourth round pick, 60th overall, in the 2004 NHL Draft, the 6-2, 205-pound center was acquired by the Blue Jackets in a trade on July 23, 2012.
Hannikainen, 25, who has missed the last two games due to an illness (day-to-day), has set career highs with 4-3-7 and added two penalty minutes in 42 games with the Blue Jackets this season. The 6-1, 200-pound left wing has notched 8-7-15 and 14 penalty minutes in 89 career NHL games since making his debut with Columbus in 2015-16. The Helsinki, Finland native was signed by the Jackets as a free agent on Apr. 20, 2015.
Sherwood, 22, became the first Columbus-area native to play for the Blue Jackets when he made his NHL debut on February 16 at Chicago and recorded 10 hits and two shots on 9:16 of ice time in two games. He has added 11-3-14 with 42 penalty minutes in 34 games with the Monsters and 1-0-1 in three contests with the ECHL's Jacksonville IceMen during his first full professional season in 2018-19. The New Albany, Ohio native has registered 11-3-14 and 44 penalty minutes in 36 career AHL games with Cleveland since making his pro debut at the end of the 2016-17 campaign. Signed by the Blue Jackets to a three-year, entry level contract on July 7, 2015, the 6-1, 202-pound right wing played three seasons with the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets organization from 2012-15.
Clendening, 26, made the Blue Jackets out of training camp and has registered three shots and a +1 plus/minus rating in four games with the club this season. Signed by Columbus as a free agent to a one-year, two-way NHL/AHL contract on July 1, 2018, he has tallied 4-20-24, 49 penalty minutes and a +11 plus/minus rating in 90 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Arizona Coyotes, New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks.
The native of Niagara Falls, New York ranks sixth among AHL defensemen in assists (tied) and penalty minutes and leads Monsters blueliners in goals, assists, points, penalty minutes and plus/minus rating with 3-25-28, 88 penalty minutes and a +11 plus/minus rating in 33 contests this season. He has totaled 31-158-189, 355 penalty minutes and a +42 plus/minus rating in 294 career AHL games from 2012-19. The 6-0, 194-pound defenseman was selected by Chicago in the second round, 36th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft.