Player News - Blue Jackets

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Brandon Dubinsky will play the United States at the World Cup in Toronto in September.

He was added to the team on Friday along with Columbus teammate Jack Johnson. Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella will also coach the United States at the tournament.
May 28 - 2:41 PM

Jack Johnson was added to Team USA's roster for the World Cup of Hockey in September.

He wasn't included on the 2014 Olympic roster, but he has represented the United States at several other tournaments including the Winter Games in 2010 as well as five World Championships. Johnson's season ended in March because of shoulder surgery, but he should be ready in time for the Word Cup.
May 28 - 2:35 PM

Lukas Sedlak has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract extension.

Sedlak had 14 goals and 18 points in 54 AHL contests in 2015-16. The 23-year-old forward hasn't made his NHL debut.
May 26 - 8:36 AM

Kerby Rychel is having fun again playing in the AHL.

Rychel started off the season with a bang as he had five goals and 20 points in 21 games with the Lake Erie Monsters before a promotion to Columbus. But he struggled at the NHL level with only nine points in 32 games before being sent down on trade deadline day. He continued to struggle with only seven points in 16 games and now has a goal and an assist in nine post-season games with the Monsters who take on the Ontario Reign in the AHL semi-finals starting tonight. "Everybody is playing for each other right now," Rychel said. "Playing in the playoffs ... it’s why you play this sport. We’re having tons of fun, and that’s what I want to focus on right now." Rychel performed well at times in the NHL and the hope is that he can be a top-six forward, perhaps as early as next season.
May 21 - 6:49 AM

The Detroit Red Wings are reportedly interested in hiring Todd Richards to join Jeff Blashill's coaching staff.

Richards has a 204-183-37 record as a bench boss between his stints with Minnesota and Columbus. His time with the Blue Jackets ended earlier this season after Columbus got off to a 0-7-0 start.
May 19 - 8:49 AM

Zach Werenski scored the winning goal in overtime to send Lake Erie to the Western Conference Final of the AHL playoffs.

Columbus' AHL farm team will play Los Angeles' minor-league club, the Ontario Reign, in the next round. Werenski leads the Monsters in scoring with 10 points in nine games. The eighth overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft by the Blue Jackets could be in the NHL next year.
May 17 - 4:29 PM

Kerby Rychel scored the only goal for the Lake Erie Monsters as they lost 6-1 to Grand Rapids Saturday.

Rychel, the Blue Jackets first round pick and 19th overall in 2013, scored his first goal of the playoffs as Grand Rapids staved off elimination and now trail the Monsters 3-2 in the best-of-seven AHL series. If the Monsters are unable to win Game 6, Game 7 will be played in Columbus at Nationwide Arena as Lake Erie plays out of Cleveland and their arena will be used by the Cavaliers on Tuesday and Thursday with a Carrie Underwood (and that's Mrs. Mike Fisher of the Predators) concert on Wednesday. That will force the Monsters elsewhere and fans of the Blue Jackets will be able to see all their prospects up front and personal should there be a Game 7.
May 15 - 6:25 AM

Alexander Wennberg earned an assist in Sweden's 3-2 win against Norway during the preliminary round of the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

He has collected one goal and six helpers in five games at the tournament so far. Wennberg generated 40 points in 69 games with Columbus in 2015-16.
May 14 - 4:57 PM

Zach Werenski is tied for the team lead in playoff points for the Lake Erie Monsters.

That's not too shabby for an 18-year-old who played college hockey this season. Werenski was selected eighth overall in the 2015 Draft and had 11 goals and 36 points in 36 games for the University of Michigan before deciding to turn pro in March. Werenski has looked good in the post-season with seven points thus far. "This is a tough situation to walk into," Lake Erie coach Jared Bednar said. "First time in the league, the games are ramped up because it’s the playoffs, and so from an intensity and urgency standpoint, every play matters. And he has been great with that. He doesn’t every throw it away or turn it over, even in traffic." Werenski is going to be a good one, perhaps as early as next year so don't forget about him.
May 14 - 6:04 AM

Joonas Korpisalo turned aside 41 of 42 shots in the Lake Erie Monsters' 2-1 victory over Grand Rapids on Sunday.

Korpisalo has a 1.93 GAA and .930 save percentage in six AHL playoff games thus far. Thanks in part to his efforts, the Monsters have won all of those contests. Korpisalo is extending his campaign after he posted a 2.60 GAA and .920 save percentage in 31 games with Columbus in 2015-16.
May 9 - 8:42 AM

Joonas Korpisalo stopped 23 shots to help the Lake Erie Monsters defeat Grand Rapids 4-3 in Game 2 of the second round in the AHL.

The Monsters won both games in Cleveland and now head to Grand Rapids for Game 3 on Sunday. Korpisalo played quite well at the NHL level when replacing the injured Sergei Bobrovsky as he was 16-11-4 with a 2.60 GAA and a .920 save percentage. Not too shabby for a 22-year-old netminder.
May 8 - 7:47 AM

Oliver Bjorkstrand scored the winner Thursday as Lake Erie took a 1-0 series lead over Grand Rapids with a 3-2 overtime win.

Bjorkstrand was quite the scorer for Columbus in limited duty as he had four goals and nine points in 13 games. The 21-year-old third round selection in the 2013 Draft is highly regarded and should have no trouble cracking the Blue Jackets lineup next season.
May 7 - 6:48 AM

Markus Nutivaara has signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

He collected six goals and 16 assists along with a plus-10 rating in 50 games with Karpat in Finland's top professional league (Liiga) this past season. Nutivaara was chosen by the Blue Jackets in the seventh round (189th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.
May 3 - 12:14 PM

Columbus moving up to the third overall pick in the draft will likely lead to them selecting either Patrick Laine or Jesse Puljujarvi.

Both of those Finnish forwards have plenty of upside and might already be ready to play at the NHL level. "Those kids are special players," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "Big and skilled and fast. They're early in their careers, but they have already played at a high level and had success in big tournaments." While the Blue Jackets' didn't win the lottery, this is the first time it resulted in them moving up in the draft order.
May 2 - 4:16 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets will draft third overall in the NHL Entry Draft.

Columbus finished 26th overall in 2015-16, but were lucky enough to win a spot in the top three portion of the lottery and jumping Edmonton in the process. If they forego moving off their spot, they'll be left with likely one of Patrick Laine or Jesse Puljujärvi.
Apr 30 - 8:36 PM


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