ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Blue Jackets' defensive depth will get a test this week.
Defenseman Gabriel Carlsson, 20, will be out at least five days after the team retroactively placed him on injured reserve Sunday with an upper-body injury he sustained in the Jackets' 3-1 win against the New York Rangers on Friday.
Markus Nutivaara, 23, will take Carlsson's spot on the active roster. The Finnish defenseman was recalled Sunday from the Cleveland Monsters, the Blue Jackets' affiliate in the American Hockey League.
Carlsson is day-to-day, and will be eligible to come off IR on Saturday, Oct. 21, when the Jackets host the Los Angeles Kings at Nationwide Arena (7 p.m., FS-O, Fox Sports Go).
In the meantime, Nutivaara and defenseman Scott Harrington will compete to handle Carlsson's role at right point on the third defense pairing, working with Ryan Murray. Harrington did it Saturday in the Jackets' 5-4 overtime win against the Minnesota Wild, playing his off side and logging 11:07, two hits and a minus-1 rating in his season debut.
"It's human nature to maybe try and do too much, but we're all pros and we've been around the game long enough that we know you really just have to stick to what your game is," Harrington told BlueJackets.com prior to the game. "You're trying your hardest out there in every situation, but you don't want to do too much. At the same time, you want to leave a good impression on the coaches, and show that you're capable of playing. I guess it's a fine line, but it's something you have to feel out and just take it shift by shift."
Carlsson has one assist in four games this season. He has two assists in six career NHL games, dating back to his NHL debut at the end of last season.
Nutivaara was selected by Columbus with the 189th pick (seventh-round) in the 2015 NHL Draft. He doesn't have a point in three games with the Monsters this season, but made his NHL debut and had seven points (two goals, five assists) in 66 games for the Blue Jackets last season.
Columbus will practice Monday in Minnesota, but Nutivaara will not be there. He will join the team in Winnipeg, where the Monsters lose 4-1 to the Manitoba Moose on Sunday. Nutivaara had one shot on goal in the game.