COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned forward Oliver Bjorkstrand to the American Hockey League's Cleveland Monsters and recalled forward Sonny Milano from the club's AHL affiliate, Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced tonight.
Milano, 20, has picked up one assist in three career NHL games with Columbus, making his League debut at the New York Islanders on March 31, 2016. He has registered 15 goals and 22 assists for 37 points with 28 penalty minutes in 66 career AHL games, including 1-0-1 in two games with Cleveland this season. Last year, he notched 14-17-31 and 22 penalty minutes in 54 games with the Monsters and added 4-4-8 and four penalty minutes in 17 Calder Cup Playoff outings.
The Massapequa, New York native was the Blue Jackets' first pick, 16th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft. He spent two seasons with the United States Development Program from 2012-14 before joining the Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers in 2014-15. That season, he tallied 22-46-68 and 24 penalty minutes in 50 games.
Bjorkstrand, 21, has tallied four penalty minutes in three games with Columbus this season. Columbus' fifth pick, 89th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft, he has collected 4-4-8 and four penalty minutes in 14 career NHL games. He collected 17-12-29 and 10 penalty minutes in 51 games with the Monsters as a rookie in 2015-16 and added 10-6-16 in 17 playoff games to lead the club to its first Calder Cup championship and earned playoff most valuable player honors.