Columbus Blue Jackets acquired right winger Patrick Lynn and center Jack Ruslovich from Winnipeg Jets opposite center Pierre-Luc Dubois The club’s general manager, Yarmo Kikalainen, announced today that it has selected the third round in the 2022 NHL project. The team also announced that it has agreed to the terms of Roslovic, a free tied agent, for a two-year contract, for $ 3.8 million (US $ 1.9 million) during the 2021-22 season.
“Bolstering our attack squad was a priority for us, and the additions of Patrick Lynn and Jack Roslovich made it perfectly true,” said Kikkalainen. “Patrick is a player we know well and in a short time has become one of the most efficient goalscorers in the League. Jack is an exciting young player with great potential and we are happy to bring him back to Columbus as a blue jacket.”
Lynn, 22, has scored 140 goals and 110 assists for 250 points, including 52-33-85 in tough play, and 118 penalty minutes in 306 NHL career matches since being picked by Winnipeg with the second overall pick in 2016 NHL Draft. He scored 2-1-3 in Winnipeg’s season-opening match against Calgary, but missed the last three matches due to an upper body injury. It was placed in the injured reserve on Friday retrospectively until January 14 and is considered day in, day out.
The 6-5, 206-pound winger has scored 28 goals or more and 50 points or more in each of his four seasons in the NHL. He was awarded with Honors from the NHL All-Rookie and made his All-Star debut in 2016-2017 with 36-28-64 penalty and 26 minutes penalties in 73 matches. The following season, he achieved his career highs in goals, points and power play goals with 44-26-70, 20 goals in strong play and 24 minutes of penalties in 82 matches. In 2018-19, he scored 30-20-50 and 15 minutes of penalties in 82 games, and last season he achieved his highest level of assists with 28-35-63 and 22 minutes of penalties in 68 games. In the Stanley Cup qualifiers, he scored 8-8-16 and four minutes of penalties in 24 games.
A native of Tampere, Finland, Lin represented his country in several international competitions, including the 2016 IIHF Junior International Hockey World Championships, where he scored 7-6-13 in seven rounds and led Finland to the gold medal. In the same year, he helped his country win the silver medal in the World Championships, and won the Best Striker and Best Player award after scoring 7-5-12 in 10 matches. He also appeared in three matches at the 2016 Hockey World Cup.
Ruslovic, 23, scored a 26-41-67 18-minute penalty spot with a +6 plus / minus rating in 180 NHL career matches since being picked by Jets in the first round, 25 overall, in the 2015 NHL Project After making his NHL debut against the Blue Jackets in his hometown on April 6, 2017, he split the 2017-18 campaign between Winnipeg and Manitoba Moose from the American Hockey League before graduating to the NHL the following season.
In 2018-19, Ruslovic achieved 9-15-24 minutes of penalties and four minutes in 77 matches and collected his first hat-trick in his career with three goals against Anaheim on February 2, 2019. Last season, he collected 12-17-29 and 12 minutes penalties in 71 stroll. He added 0-5-5 and two penalty minutes in 20 games after the season.
Ruslovic played for the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets U14 team in 2011-12 and the U16 and U18 team in 2012-13 before spending two seasons with the United States National Team Development Program from 2013-15. He played one season at the University of Miami in 2015-16 and scored 10-16-26 with 18 penalty minutes in 36 matches to earn the NCHC All-Rookie Team Honor. He made his Manitoba debut in 2016-2017, scoring 13-35-48 and 22-minute penalties in 65 AHL tournaments. The 6–1, 187-pound Position represented Team USA at the IIHF U17 and U18 World Junior Championships and at the 2017 IIHF Junior World Championships, winning gold medals in each tournament.
Dubois, 22, was selected by Blue Jackets with the third overall selection in the NHL Project 2016. Since joining the club in 2017, he has scored 66-93-159 and 164 penalty minutes in 239 professional matches, including his 27 career highs. -34-61 and 64-minute penalties in 82 matches in 2018-19. He added 8-11-19 and 24 minutes of penalty kicks in 26 playoffs of his career.
“Pierre Locke was an important part of our squad for the past four seasons, but this was the right time for both parties to move in a different direction,” Kekalainen said.
The Blue Jackets are back in action today when they host Tampa Bay Lightning. Playtime from Nationwide Arena is 2 PM ET. The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Ohio and the FOX Sports Go app, with coverage starting at 1:30 pm with the pre-match show “Blue Jackets Live”. The contest will also be broadcast live nationally on the NHL network. It will also be broadcast on the Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including CD92.9 FM.
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