COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and left wing Markus Hannikainen off Injured Reserve, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The Blue Jackets also assigned goaltender Anton Forsberg to Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate.
Bobrovsky, 27, has missed the past 16 games after suffering a groin strain on December 8 vs. Los Angeles. He is 11-12-1 with a 2.52 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and one shutout in 25 games this season. The Novokuznetsk, Russia native has posted a 136-83-25 record with a 2.51 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and 12 shutouts in 255 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers. Acquired from Philadelphia via trade on June 22, 2012, he has compiled a 94-60-15 record with a 2.41 goals-against average, .922 save percentage and 12 shutouts in 172 appearances with Columbus and won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender following the 2012-13 campaign.
Hannikainen, 22, has missed the past 20 games after suffering a shoulder injury in his NHL debut on November 28 at St. Louis. He recorded two hits while logging 6:15 of ice time prior to leaving the contest. The Helsinki, Finland native has also tallied 5-6-11 with six penalty minutes and a +2 plus/minus rating in 17 games with Lake Erie this season. Signed by Columbus to a two-year, entry level contract on April 20, 2015, he recorded 22-31-53 with 67 penalty minutes and +26 in 117 career Liiga games with Jokerit, HPK and JYP from 2011-15, including 19-27-46, 51 penalty minutes and +22 in 60 games with JYP last season.
Forsberg, 23, is 1-3-0 with a 3.03 goals against average and .907 save percentage in four games with the Blue Jackets this season, including stopping all six shots in overtime and two-of-three in the shootout to secure his first NHL victory on January 2 vs. Washington. He has also posted a 12-6-2 record with a 2.60 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage in 21 games with Lake Erie. The Harnosand, Sweden native is 1-7-0 with a 4.01 goals against average and .882 save percentage in nine career NHL games with the Jackets. He is also 35-14-3 with a 2.17 goals-against average, .920 save percentage and three shutouts in 55 career AHL games. The club’s sixth pick, 188th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft, compiled a 20-8-1 record with the Springfield Falcons, finishing third in the AHL in goals-against average (2.01) and fifth in save percentage (.927) in 2014-15.