There was a lot of news concerning the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday, both good and bad, so let's get to the important parts.
First off, with the team going through injuries both up front and on the blue line, more help from the AHL was necessary. Columbus decided to recall winger Kirill Marchenko:
In his first professional North American season down in the AHL, Marchenko has eight goals and 19 points in 16 games. He was also averaging over three shots per game, so he's been very involved in the offense with some of their top AHLers.
Perhaps even more notable here is that he's getting a start on the team's top PP unit. Earlier in the season, we would probably laugh at this slotting given the ineptitude of the Columbus power play. Recent games have provided much different results as the team was sixth in the league in goals per minute at 5-on-4 since Halloween. The only teams scoring more often are Dallas, Los Angeles, Florida, Buffalo, and Boston. Since the injury to Zach Werenski on November 10th, the team is fifth in the league in PP goals per minute. It is a really weird turn of events, but it gives Marchenko a chance to produce right