COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned forward Kole Sherwood to the American Hockey League's Cleveland Monsters, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Sherwood is expected to join the Monsters prior to tonight's game at Iowa.
Sherwood, 20, has spent the past two seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, where he registered 45 goals and 74 assists for 119 points with 113 penalty minutes and a cumulative +22 plus/minus rating. This season, he tallied 33-52-85, 60 penalty minutes and was +13 in 60 games with the Flint Firebirds and added 4-1-5 in five playoff outings. On Jan. 10, he set a club record by scoring five goals as part of a seven-point night at Saginaw. In 2015-16, he notched 12-22-34, 53 penalty minutes and was +9 in 63 games with the London Knights, helping the club win OHL and Memorial Cup championships.
The Blue Jackets signed the New Albany, Ohio native as a free agent to a three-year entry level contract on July 7, 2015. He collected 22-26-48 and 29 penalty minutes in 31 games with the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets U18 team of the Tier 1 Elite Hockey league in 2014-15, leading the league in goals, ranking second in points and third in assists. He also added 1-1-2 and a +2 plus/minus rating in three games with the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League that season.
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The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the Washington Capitals. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 6 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 5:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, 97.1 The Fan FM, and online at BlueJackets.com.