Atkinson recalled from Springfield (AHL)
Atkinson, 22, has appeared in four games with the Blue Jackets this season and scored his first NHL goal against Vancouver on October 10. He made his NHL debut with the club Oct. 7 vs. Nashville. He has collected 4-2-6 and four penalty minutes in 10 games with the Falcons this season and is tied for the team lead in goals. He appeared in five games with Springfield at the end of the 2010-11 season and recorded 3-2-5 and was +2 in five games.
Prior to making his professional debut with the Falcons last season, Atkinson completed his junior season at Boston College in 2010-11, registering 31-21-52 points, 28 penalty minutes and a +21 plus/minus rating in 39 games. The Riverside, Connecticut native set a career high in goals, which ranked second in the nation, while ranking third (tied) in points and sixth (tied) in power play goals (11).
Columbus’ eighth pick, 157th overall, in the 2008 Entry Draft, he finished his career at Boston College with 68-56-124, 86 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +42 in 117 games. He had 30-23-53, 30 penalty minutes and was +26 in 42 games in 2009-10, leading the NCAA in goals and helping the Eagles win the National Championship. He was named the NCAA Northeast Regional Most Outstanding Player and was selected to the NCAA All-Tournament Team. Prior to his collegiate career, he tallied 69-81-150 and 38 penalty minutes in 80 games for Avon Old Farms (Conn.) High School, helping the school win the New England Ice Hockey Championship in 2006-07 and 2007-08.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when the club visits the Philadelphia Flyers. Game time from Wells Fargo Center is set for 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel & Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station 97.1 The Fan and online at BlueJackets.com.
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