COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed goaltender Joonas Korpisalo on Injured Reserve retroactive to February 15 and activated forward Emil Bemstrom off the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list and loaned the forward to the Cleveland Monsters, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Korpisalo, 27, has missed the past three games with a lower body injury suffered in warmups at Calgary on February 15 and is day-to-day. He has gone 6-8-0 with a 3.82 goals-against average and .887 save percentage in 18 games this season. The native of Pori, Finland owns a 75-64-21 record with a 2.99 GAA, .903 SV% and three shutouts in 178 career games with the Blue Jackets since making his NHL debut during the 2015-16 season. He was selected by Columbus in the third round, 62nd overall, at the 2012 NHL Draft.
Bemstrom, 22, was placed on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list on February 7 and has missed the last seven games. He has registered two goals and two assists for four points with two penalty minutes, one game-winning goal and 22 shots, while averaging 10:05 of ice time in 13 games this season. The 6-0, 193-pound forward has totaled 15-14-29 with 10 penalty minutes, six power play goals, five game-winners and 147 shots in 89 career games since making his NHL debut in 2019-20. A native of Nykoping, Sweden, Bemstrom was selected by the Blue Jackets in the fourth round, 117th overall, at the 2017 NHL Draft.
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