COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled center Derick Brassard from the American Hockey League's Syracuse Crunch, club General Manager Scott Howson announced January 10. Brassard will join the club and is expected to make his NHL debut on Friday night when the Jackets host the St. Louis Blues.
Brassard, 20, was Columbus' first pick, sixth overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft. He has tallied five goals and 20 assists for 25 points with 20 penalty minutes in 21 games with the Syracuse Crunch this season and was selected to play in the AHL All-Star Game on Wednesday. He is tied for third in scoring among AHL rookies despite missing 19 games due to a broken jaw. The Hull, Quebec native is playing in his first professional season after registering 75-143-218 and 141 penalty minutes in 151 career Quebec Major Junior Hockey League games with Drummondville from 2003-07.
The club also announced that center Kris Beech has been claimed off waivers by the Vancouver Canucks. Beech, who signed with Columbus as a free agent last summer, appeared in 16 games with the club this season. He tallied 5-4-9 and two penalty minutes.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Friday when they host the St. Louis Blues at Nationwide Arena. Game time is set for 7 p.m. Live coverage on FSN Ohio will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.
Tickets to Blue Jackets home games are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FSN Ohio Blue Line Team Store locations at The Chiller Easton, Chiller Dublin, Chiller North and The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, as well as all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase by phone at (614) 431-3600 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. For information on season and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.