The Columbus Blue Jackets will be without forward Brandon Dubinsky when they take on the Boston Bruins this evening – so forward Markus Hannikainen will move up from the Cleveland Monsters to take his place for now.
The Blue Jackets confirmed, via Dave Maetzold of Fox Sports Ohio, that Dubinsky is currently considered day-to-day with what is being described as an undisclosed issue (it hasn’t been specified whether he’s out with injury or illness). As a result, Hannikainen – who has just four NHL games to his name so far – will head up and try to fill in for him.
Undrafted at the NHL level, the 23-year-old native of Helsinki, Finland first came over to North America for the start of the 2015-16 season. Prior to joining the Blue Jackets, he had spent his entire pro career skating in Finland, moving between the tier-II Mestis league and the tier-I SM-liiga.
Since coming to North America, he has put up good numbers at the AHL level, recording seven goals and 20 points in 50 regular season games for the then-Lake Erie Monsters and putting up seven points in 11 games so far this year. Hopefully, he’ll be able to carry some of that offensive talent over to the NHL when he draws in.
The Blue Jackets will head into their game against the Bruins with a 6-3-2 record to start off the season, sitting in a surprisingly good fifth place in the Metropolitan Division. The loss of Dubinsky – who boasts two assists in 10 games – won’t be as hurtful as in previous seasons, but it’s still clear the team will want him back sooner rather than later.