The Columbus Blue Jackets announced a pair of moves today as the team activated defenseman Gabriel Carlsson from injured reserve and made room on their roster by placing winger Cam Atkinson on injured reserve, retroactive to Oct. 28.
Carlsson, the team’s first-round pick in 2015, has played just four games this season, but the 20-year-old blueliner suffered an upper-body injury on Oct. 13 against the New York Rangers and was placed on injured reserve. He had, however, been a regular on the team. Carlsson won the battle for the defense’s sixth spot in training camp this year, beating out regular Markus Nutivaara and journeyman Scott Harrington.
When Carlsson was injured, the team recalled Nutivaara, who had played 66 games for Columbus last year. The 23-year-old has fared well since replacing Carlsson in the lineup, putting up five assists in nine games, already just two points short of equaling his output last year when he finished with seven points. Who will continue to play on that third pairing is unknown. However, for the moment, both players will continue to play with the Blue Jackets.
Atkinson suffered a lower body injury after suffering numerous injuries in a game on Oct. 28 against the St. Louis Blues. He suffered the original injury in the first period of the game, but returned. Then he was hit in the helmet with a puck during the second period only to re-injure that lower-body injury in the third period when he took a hit and was forced to leave the game. Since the move is retroactive to Oct. 28 and he has already (technically) been on IR for a week, he can be activated at any time, tweets The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline, so a third move could come in the next day or two depending on when Atkinson is ready to go. He is currently listed as day-to-day.