The Columbus Blue Jackets have made a roster move to give them another option up front for tonight’s game. Josh Anderson has been placed on injured reserve while Markus Hannikainen has been recalled. Anderson’s IR stint is retroactive to October 5th when he suffered an upper-body injury against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Blue Jackets take on the Anaheim Ducks tonight at home, then travel to Carolina to face the Hurricanes tomorrow night.
Even if the Blue Jackets hadn’t lost so many pieces in the offseason, Anderson would still be a huge part of their forward group. The 25-year old winger has developed into one of the league’s premiere power forwards, scoring 27 goals last season while recording more than 200 hits. Fast, heavy and fearless, Anderson routinely drives the puck towards the net and creates chances for himself and his line mates. His 22 even-strength goals actually ranked him 38th in the entire league, tied with names like Aleksander Barkov, Kyle Connor and Sean Monahan.
A player has to stay for seven days on injured reserve, meaning that Anderson should be eligible to return following tomorrow night’s matchup.
Hannikainen meanwhile was waived at the end of training camp and has already played two games with the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters. The 26-year old winger played 44 games for the Blue Jackets last season but was beat out by other, younger forwards this time around. With Anderson out he’ll serve as just the 13th forward tonight, but will continue to try and prove he belongs at the NHL level in practices.