The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled forwards Steven Goertzen and Ben Simon from the Syracuse Crunch, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, and re-assigned forward Geoff Platt to Syracuse, Blue Jackets President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today.
Goertzen has appeared in 39 games this season, split between Columbus and Syracuse. In 24 NHL contests he’s posted 24 penalty minutes and 14 shots on goal. Goertzen has recorded 3-2-5 with 24 penalty minutes in 15 games with Syracuse. A seventh round selection by the Blue Jackets in the 2002 Entry Draft, Goertzen made his NHL debut earlier this season on Oct. 21 against San Jose, after making his professional debut last season with 2-7-9 and 100 penalty minutes in 57 games with Syracuse.
Simon has appeared in 34 games this season, split between Columbus and Syracuse. The Shaker Heights, Ohio native is scoreless in three NHL games. He’s recorded 10-10-20 with three power-play goals and three shorthanded goals in 31 AHL contests. Simon’s three shorthanded goals are tied for the AHL lead this season. A free agent signing by the Blue Jackets this summer, Simon has recorded 3-1-4 in 71 career NHL games with Atlanta Thrashers and Blue Jackets.
Platt, playing in his first professional season, has skated in 36 games split between Columbus and Syracuse. An undrafted free agent signing this summer, Platt has scored 0-5-5 in 15 NHL games and 15-9-24 in 21 AHL contests. He leads the Crunch in goals and ranks T-15th in the AHL in rookie scoring and T-4th in rookie goals, despite spending the past month in the NHL. Platt made his NHL debut on Dec. 1 at St. Louis and recorded his first career point with an assist one game later, Dec. 8 against the NY Islanders.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Denver to face the Colorado Avalanche. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m. ET. The game will also be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship station WWCD-FM, CD101. The next Blue Jackets home game is Wednesday, Jan. 11 when the Pittsburgh Penguins come to town for a 7 p.m. game.