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CBJ recall Kole Sherwood from Monsters, assign Jakob Lilja

Columbus-area native set for time with the Jackets

by Blue Jackets Staff @BlueJacketsNHL /

The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled right wing Kole Sherwood from the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate, as well as assigned left wing Jakob Lilja to the AHL team, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Sherwood, 22, became the first Columbus-area native to play for the Blue Jackets when he made his NHL debut last season on February 16, 2019 at Chicago and recorded 10 hits and two shots on 9:16 of ice time in two games. He has notched 19 goals and 10 assists for 29 points with 87 penalty minutes and a +3 plus/minus rating in 68 career AHL games with the Monsters, including 3-1-4, 14 penalty minutes and a +2 plus/minus rating in 10 outings in 2019-20.

The New Albany, Ohio native was signed by the Blue Jackets to a three-year, entry level contract on July 7, 2015. The 6-1, 212-pound winger played three seasons with the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets organization from 2012-15.

Lilja, 26, made his NHL debut in the Blue Jackets' 2019-20 season opener on October 4 against Toronto and has collected 0-2-2 and 11 shots while averaging 8:45 of ice time in 10 appearances. He registered his first NHL assist on October 16 vs. Dallas.

The Malmo, Sweden native posted 48-51-99 with 71 penalty minutes and a +14 plus/minus rating in 222 career Swedish Hockey League contests from 2012-19. He set career highs in assists and points with 12-25-37 in 52 appearances with Djurgardens IF in 2018-19. The winger signed a one-year entry level contract with the Blue Jackets on June 15, 2019.

The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the Calgary Flames. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Ohio and the FOX Sports Go app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with the "Blue Jackets Live" pre-game show. The game will also be broadcast on the Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan.

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