Blue Jackets activate Cam Atkinson off injured reserve, reassign Nick Drazenovic to Springfield

Atkinson is expected to return Thursday after missing 13 games with a lower body injury

Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 5:50 PM
Blue Jackets Staff  - Writer

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets today announced that right wing Cam Atkinson has been activated off Injured Reserve and center Nick Drazenovic has been reassigned to the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.

Atkinson recorded 1-0-1 in three appearances this season prior to suffering a lower body injury during a road game vs. Phoenix on January 23 that caused him to miss the past 13 games. In 30 career NHL games, Atkinson has tallied 8-7-15 for the Blue Jackets, who selected the 5-7, 172-pound winger in the sixth round, 157th overall, of the 2008 NHL Draft. The 23-year-old has tallied 49-38-87 in 89 career AHL games and represented the United States at the 2012 IIHF World Championships, recording 1-2-3 in eight tournament appearances.

A native of Riverside, Connecticut, Atkinson won an NCAA championship with Boston College in 2010 and was named a Hockey East First Team All-Star in 2011 after leading the conference in scoring with 31-21-52 in 39 games played. In 117 career collegiate games, Atkinson tallied 68-56-124, leading the club in scoring as a sophomore and a junior before joining the professional ranks following his third season with the Eagles.

Drazenovic was originally signed by the Blue Jackets as a free agent on July 1, 2011 after spending four seasons with the Blues organization. The 26-year-old native of Prince George, British Columbia has registered 16-29-45 in 46 games with Springfield this season and was scoreless in a pair of games with Columbus after being recalled from the AHL on Feb. 13. The 6-1, 192-pound center appeared in three games with St. Louis (0-0-0) and 278 games with the Blues’ AHL affiliate in Peoria (70-90-160) from 2007-11. In 41 appearances with the Falcons last season, Drazenovic recorded 13-28-41.

The Blue Jackets return to action on Thursday when they visit the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Game time is 7:30 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre‐ game show starting at 7 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Columbus Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, and online at BlueJackets.com.

Columbus’ next home game is set for Tuesday, Feb. 26, vs. the Dallas Stars. Game time is 7 p.m. Single game tickets for all Blue Jackets home games start at $26 and are on sale now at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, The OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745‐3000 or online at BlueJackets.com, the official club web site, and ticketmaster.com. For information about full and partial season tickets and group ticket opportunities, call (800) NHL‐COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.

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