Blue Jackets recall defenseman Tim Erixon from Springfield, reassign Frederic St. Denis
COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled defenseman Tim Erixon from the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Columbus has also reassigned defenseman Frédéric St. Denis to Springfield.
Erixon, 23, has scored five goals and dished out 28 assists for 33 points in 36 games with Springfield in 2013-14. He leads all Falcons defensemen in assists and points. The 6-2, 200-pound blueliner has also skated in two games with Columbus this season, recording one blocked shot, one hit and one shot on goal in 28:41 of action.
In 51 career NHL appearances with the Blue Jackets and NY Rangers, Erixon has tallied 0-7-7, 24 penalty minutes and a +4 rating. He has registered 13-82-95, 94 PIM, +13 in 128 career AHL games with the Falcons and Connecticut Whale.
St. Denis (pronounced saint deh-NEE) has tallied 9-15-24 minutes and a +14 plus/minus rating in 51 games with Springfield this season. He leads the club’s defensemen in goals and is third in points. The 28-year-old rearguard was selected to the AHL All-Star Team and was +3 in the squad’s 7-2 win over Farjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League in the All-Star Game on February 12.
Prior to signing with Columbus in July 2013, St. Denis spent four seasons with the Montreal Canadiens organization, recording 1-2-3, 10 penalty minutes and a +3 plus/minus rating in 17 games with Montreal in 2011-12. He has appeared in 287 career AHL games, registering 28-84-112, 148 penalty minutes and a cumulative +41 plus/minus rating with the Falcons and Hamilton Bulldogs. He represented Hamilton at the 2012 AHL All-Star Game.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Tuesday when the Detroit Red Wings visit Columbus for an Eastern Conference battle. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will also be broadcast live on NBC Sports as well as the Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan in Columbus and online at BlueJackets.com.