COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled goaltender Joonas Korpisalo, defenseman Dean Kukan and forwards Markus Hannikainen and Zac Dalpe from the Cleveland Monsters, the club's American Hockey League affiliate, and assigned defenseman Andre Benoit and goaltender Jeff Zatkoff to Cleveland, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Korpisalo, 23, is 5-4-0 with a 2.85 goals-against average (GAA) and .912 save percentage (SV%) in nine contests with the Blue Jackets in 2017-18. He also has a 2-3-1 record with a 2.00 GAA and .936 SV% in six contests with Cleveland in 2017-18. He has gone 28-20-5 with a 2.71 GAA, .915 SV% and one shutout in 55 career NHL games with Columbus and 17-19-6 with a 2.49 GAA, .9123 SV% and two shutouts in 43 career AHL games with the Monsters. The native of Pori, Finland was selected by Columbus in the third round, 62nd overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft.
Kukan, 24, made his Blue Jackets season debut on Thursday at Arizona. Selected to play in his first AHL All-Star Classic on January 28-29 in Utica, New York, he has registered 1-14-15 and 20 penalty minutes in 32 games with the Monsters this season. He has a +9 plus/minus rating in nine career NHL games with the Jackets and tallied 8-49-57 and 71 penalty minutes in 137 career AHL games with the Monsters since 2015-16 when he helped the club capture the Calder Cup championship. A native of Volketswil, Switzerland, he was signed by the Blue Jackets as a free agent in June 2015.
Hannikainen, 24, has registered two goals and two assists for four points with six penalty minutes in 27 games with the Blue Jackets this season and has added 0-2-2 in six games with Cleveland. He has posted 3-3-6 and 12 penalty minutes in 41 career NHL contests with Columbus and 26-33-59, 42 penalty minutes and a +11 plus/minus rating in 113 career AHL games with Lake Erie/Cleveland over the past three campaigns. The Helsinki, Finland native was signed as a free agent by the Blue Jackets in April 2015.
Dalpe, 28, has collected 13 penalty minutes in 10 games with Columbus this season and added 6-11-17 and 21 penalty minutes in 21 games with Cleveland. He has posted 12-12-24 and 36 penalty minutes in 138 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks and Carolina Hurricanes since making his NHL debut in 2010-11. The Paris, Ontario native has added 103-104-207 and 119 penalty minutes in 291 career AHL games. Claimed off waivers by Columbus from Minnesota on Feb. 27, 2017, Dalpe was originally Carolina's second round pick, 45th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft. He played two seasons at Ohio State University from 2008-10, earning Second Team All-American honors in 2009-10.
Benoit, 34, has tallied 1-4-5 and 22 penalty minutes in 31 games with Cleveland this season and has 52-159-211 and 293 penalty minutes in 422 career AHL games. He registered 11-37-48 and 60 penalty minutes in 181 career NHL games with Ottawa, Colorado, Buffalo and St. Louis between 2010-16. His best NHL campaign was 2013-14 when he picked up 7-21-28 and 26 penalty minutes in 79 games with the Avalanche. Signed as a free agent by Columbus in July 2017, the St. Albert, Ontario native spent the 2016-17 season with IF Malmo in the Swedish Hockey League.
Zatkoff, 30, is 1-0-1 with a 1.96 GAA, .917 SV% and a shutout in two contests with the Monsters this season. He is 99-82-7 with a 2.45 GAA, .915 SV% and 17 shutouts in 210 career AHL games with the Monsters, Ontario Reign, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Manchester Monarchs since making his pro debut in 2008-09. The Detroit, Michigan native is 18-21-4 with a 2.72 GAA, .908 SV% and a shutout in 48 career NHL games with the Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins from 2013-17. Originally Los Angeles' third round selection, 74th overall, in the 2006 NHL Draft, Zatkoff was acquired from the Kings on January 22 for future considerations.