The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned left wing Markus Hannikainen to the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced tonight.
Hannikainen, 26, was recalled by the club on October 11, but did not appear in a game with the Blue Jackets. He set career highs in 2018-19 with 4-3-7 in 44 games with Columbus and has registered 8-7-15 and 14 penalty minutes in 91 career games with the club since making his league debut in 2015-16. The Helsinki, Finland native has added 27-34-61, 42 penalty minutes and a +12 plus/minus rating in 117 career AHL contests with the Monsters, including 1-0-1 in two outings in 2019-20. He was originally signed to an entry level contract with Columbus on Apr. 20, 2015.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Monday when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs. Game time from Scotiabank Arena is 7 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Ohio and the FOX Sports Go app, as well as Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan.