COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have added goaltender Joonas Korpisalo to the roster on emergency recall from Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, and placed goaltender Curtis McElhinney on Injured Reserve, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. McElhinney suffered a sprained ankle in Saturday night’s 5-4 shootout victory over Washington and will be sidelined indefinitely.
Korpisalo, 21, has gone 1-4-0 with a 3.65 goals-against average and .886 save percentage in five games with the Blue Jackets this season. He recorded 27 saves in a 2-1 loss vs. Tampa Bay in his NHL debut on December 14 and turned aside 30 shots and stopped five-of-six shootout attempts to record his first NHL win in a 3-2 victory over Philadelphia on December 19. He has also compiled a 5-6-2 record with a 2.34 goals against average, .918 save percentage and two shutouts in 13 games with Lake Erie.
The Pori, Finland native is 5-8-2 with a 2.49 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and two shutouts in 16 career AHL games since making his North American professional debut with the Springfield Falcons late in the 2014-15 season. Columbus’ third pick, 62nd overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft, he went 14-13-7 with a 2.34 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in 38 games with Ilves Tampere (Liiga) in 2014-15.
McElhinney, 32, is 2-6-2 with a 3.33 goals-against average and .888 save percentage in 15 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He has won two of his past four starts, making 27 saves in a 7-5 win at Arizona on December 17 and stopping a season-high 40 shots in a 6-3 win over Dallas on December 29. The London, Ontario native has gone 43-57-9 with a 2.99 goals-against average, .904 save percentage and four shutouts in 144 career NHL games with Columbus, Phoenix, Ottawa, Anaheim and Calgary.