Thursday, January 31, 2019
Noon Player Notes (Jan 31)
A somewhat surprising transaction this morning, as the Chicago Blackhawks assigned rookie defenseman Henri Jokiharju to the AHL. The 19-year old made the team out of camp this year and has featured in plenty of game action, as well as being loaned to the Finland World Junior team, which won gold this year, but his ice-time has been on the decline and his numbers of late haven't been stellar. Likely, this is a move to boost his ice-time and have him play some meaningful minutes, but it does remain unclear as to whether or not he'll be back up with the big team or not this season.
Timing is pretty well everything, as this move came after Brian's 2nd round pick in the Waiver Draft, but it's hard to say whether or not he would have dropped the rookie blueliner. He has registered 12 assists in 37 games this season, which isn't too bad, but it hasn't been great lately, picking up 1 assist in his last eight games.
A minor league demotion is not a qualifier for a drop in the bonus round, since he is still healthy.
The Columbus Blue Jackets updated the status of injured forward Boone Jenner, as they now expect him to miss anywhere between 1-to-3 weeks with an infected laceration on his ankle. The team said he suffered the ankle laceration well before the All-Star break, but it became infected earlier this week and it has forced him out of the lineup. He hasn't been placed on the IR just yet, but you could assume that it will happen soon, given the amount of time the team expects him to miss.
Steve has yet to make his 2nd round move, at the time of writing the post, so he could either consider this for his next move or if he had something else in mind, save Jenner for the bonus round. Jenner has 21 points in 48 games this season, a reasonable contributor to his 6th place team.