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Blue Jackets Assign Three Players to the Monsters Roster

The AHL’s defending Calder Cup Champions, the Cleveland Monsters, proudly announced Tuesday that defensemen Dean Kukan and Oleg Yevenko were assigned to Cleveland by the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets.

Columbus also announced Tuesday that forward Aaron Palushaj, who signed an AHL contract with Cleveland on Friday, was released from his professional tryout contract with the Blue Jackets and will report to the Monsters.

A 6’2”, 198 lb. left-handed native of Volketswil, Switzerland, Kukan registered 3-10-13 with eight penalty minutes and a +3 rating in 33 regular-season appearances for the Monsters in 2015-16 and added 1-4-5 with two penalty minutes and a +4 rating in 17 Calder Cup Playoff appearances for Cleveland.

Kukan also logged a +9 rating in eight late-season appearances for Columbus last year, his first career NHL action. Yevenko, a 6’7”, 230 lb. left-handed native of Minsk, Belarus, contributed 1-3-4 with a team-leading 152 penalty minutes and a -5 rating in 54 regular-season appearances for the Monsters last year in his first full professional campaign.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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