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Columbus Blue Jackets activate Carlsson, place Atkinson on IR

by BlueJackets.com Staff BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenseman Gabriel Carlsson off Injured Reserve and placed right wing Cam Atkinson on Injured Reserve retroactive to October 28, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Carlsson, 20, has missed the past 10 games with an upper body injury suffered on Friday, October 13 vs. the New York Rangers. He recorded an assist in four games this season prior to the injury and has 0-2-2 in six career NHL games with the Jackets since making his NHL debut at the end of last season. He also made his American Hockey League debut in 2016-17, recording 0-1-1 in three contests with the Cleveland Monsters. The Orebro, Sweden native notched 3-12-15 and eight penalty minutes in 92 career Swedish Hockey League contests from 2014-17. He was Columbus' second first-round pick, 29th overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Atkinson, 28, who is day-to-day with a lower body injury suffered on Saturday, October 28 at St. Louis, has missed the past three games. He has posted 4-1-5 with four penalty minutes and a +1 plus/minus rating in 11 games this season. The Riverside, Connecticut native has notched 125-107-232 with 106 penalty minutes and a +10 plus/minus rating in 393 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets. Columbus' sixth round selection, 157th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft, Atkinson set career highs in 2016-17 with 35-27-62 in 82 games, leading the club in goals and points.  

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