Today fans found out that defenseman Tim Erixon has been sent down to the Springfield Falcons, the AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets. It should come as no surprise that the Blue Jackets sent down a defenseman, as they had eight on the roster. With Fedor Tyutin expected to return this weekend, another defenseman would be forced to be a healthy scratch. Erixon had been a healthy scratch for the first three games, and did not have a chance to suit up for Columbus during the regular season. Union and Blue’s Mike Majeski reported on the matter…
Just like last season, Erixon will be given a chance to grow and develop with the Falcons. In 40 games with Springfield last season, Erixon tallied 5 goals and 24 assists. If he can go back to Springfield this season and improve upon that level of play, it won’t be long before we see him back in Columbus.
[Mike Majeski - Tim Erixon Sent Down To Springfield]
It was also noted, by Shawn Mitchell of The Columbus Dispatch, that Ryan Murray and Tim Erixon are the only two defensemen that could be sent down to Springfield without having to clear waivers. David Savard, who has played all three games during the regular season, would have to clear waivers if sent down to Springfield – Savard is a plus 2, with two assists in the three games played.
I understand that Erixon will be given more time to develop in the AHL and it could be a positive move, at age 22 he doesn’t have a large amount of NHL experience, but I am somewhat surprised he didn’t get a chance to play at least one game during the regular season. I thought he had proved last season that he was ready to be in the NHL, playing 31 games for the Blue Jackets, and contributing 5 assists. Murray was obviously a factor in this decision, as he and Savard have been the only additions to the defensive core of the Blue Jackets.
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