While the Blue Jackets picked up an overtime victory on Friday, it came at a cost with both defenseman Erik Gudbranson (upper body) and winger Mathieu Olivier (lower body) exiting with injuries. Accordingly, they announced a pair of recalls from the minors as they have brought up defenseman Jake Christiansen and winger Trey Fix-Wolansky from AHL Cleveland on an emergency basis.
Christiansen has suited up in 18 games with the Blue Jackets so far this season. In that stretch, he has a pair of assists while averaging roughly a block and a hit per contest while logging just shy of 14 minutes a night. However, despite not being particularly productive in Columbus, the 23-year-old has done well offensively with the Monsters, collecting eight goals and 21 assists in 43 games to help him earn this recall.
As for Fix-Wolansky, the 23-year-old has appeared in four games with Columbus this season. He has been held off the scoresheet in those contests while averaging just under ten minutes a night. However, Fix-Wolansky has been one of the top scorers in the minors this season, picking up 26 goals and 51 assists in 53 games with the Monsters, numbers that put him in fourth league-wide in points. With the injuries that Columbus has, he might have a chance of playing a little higher in the lineup this time around.
As both of these recalls are designated as emergency ones, they will not count against the post-deadline limit of four per team. However, as soon as Gudbranson or Olivier (or anyone else currently injured at their positions return), they will have to be returned to the AHL or converted to a regular recall at that time which would then count against the limit of four.