There will be some new (but familiar) faces in the lineup tomorrow night in Carolina. As was reported first by the Blue Jackets own Rob Mixer, and soon picked up by Aaron Portzline and Shawn Mitchell of the Dispatch, Blake Comeau has been activated off the IR and Tim Erixon has been called up from AHL Springfield.
Two roster moves by the Jackets tonight. They activate Blake Comeau off IR and recall Tim Erixon from Springfield. #CBJ
— Rob Mixer (@RobMixer) January 26, 2014
Comeau was placed on the IR back on January 10th due to a sprained knee. Originally, the prognosis was Comeau would miss 4-6 weeks due to the injury, but it looks like he healed up a bit quicker than expected. Comeau ended up missing only eight games due to the knee sprain. He had been showing promising signs lately, so a return was expected to come within the next few games.
In 43 games played this season, Blake Comeau has 3G, 8A, and 21 PIM. He will bring a much needed physical presence back to the lineup, as his 131 hits is good for second most on the team. [ Blue Jackets.com ]
This isn’t the first call up to the Jackets for Defenseman Tim Erixon, as he has served as an extra D man due to injuries earlier in the season. This latest call up is due to David Savard not traveling with the team out to Carolina.
In his two games with Columbus this season, he has yet to get himself on the score sheet, but he did register a blocked shot and a hit. While his performance in Columbus has not made headlines, he has been a valuable asset to the Springfield Falcons. His 23 points (4G, 19A) is the second most on the team, impressive for 25 games played. The current points leader, Jonathan Marchessault has 30 points in 42 games played.
Comeau adds more depth to the forwards and brings more physicality to the lineup. Everyone has been waiting for Erixon to finally crack the NHL lineup and add some scoring depth to the Jackets blue line. While the opportunity hasn’t really come yet, maybe now is the right time for Erixon to make his mark in the NHL. The Jackets have been on a roll lately, so there is no better time to return to the lineup.
The Jackets take on the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow night in Raleigh at 7PM.
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