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Blue Jackets Recall Markus Hannikainen From the Monsters

CLEVELAND – In the wake of a 4-2 home win over the Manitoba Moose on Wednesday, Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters announced Friday that rookie left wing Markus Hannikainen was recalled by the Columbus Blue Jackets for the first time this season. An undrafted, left-handed forward, signed by Columbus as a free agent on April 20, 2015, Hannikainen supplied five goals, 11 points, six penalty minutes and a +2 rating in 17 appearances for the Monsters this season.

A 22 year-old native of Helsinki, Finland, Hannikainen netted 19 goals, 46 points, 51 penalty minutes and a +22 rating in 60 Liiga appearances last season for JYP in his first full campaign in Finland’s top professional league. In 117 career Liiga appearances for Jokerit, HPK and JYP, Hannikainen has 22 goals, 53 points, 67 penalty minutes and a +26 rating to his credit.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday rematch vs. the Moose with full coverage underway from The Q at 7:00 pm on AM 1420 The Answer and the Monsters Hockey Network.

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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