Hannikainen was a healthy scratch for Thursday's win over the Panthers. He's been in the press box for all four games to begin the season, continuing his sporadic playing time pattern from last season. At some point, coach John Tortorella will want to send a message to one of his regular wingers and give Hannikainen a chance to break into the lineup, but the 25-year-old likely won't do much with any opportunities he gets -- he has only four goals and eight points in 47 career NHL games.
Hannikainen was in action for just 33 contests this season, despite frequently traveling between AHL Cleveland and Columbus. Hannikainen appeared to be the organization's primary emergency depth option and, as a result, he played in 33 NHL games and only eight AHL matchups. With the Blue Jackets, the winger tallied three goals and a trio of helpers, while he managed another three assists with the Monsters. If the Finn can get some consistent minutes next year, he might be able to show off the scoring touch that saw him rack up 37 points in 57 minor-league outings in 2016-17.
Hannikainen was called up from AHL Cleveland on Monday. It's another day and another transaction involving Hannikainen, who has been used sparingly in the NHL this season. He's only averaged 7:58 of ice time with four points through 29 games, so fantasy owners should keep expectations for him largely in check for the balance of the season.
Hannikainen was reassigned to AHL Cleveland on Sunday. Despite playing in 29 games in Columbus and posting four points (two goals, two assists) in the contests, Hannikainen will head back to the minors. With the trade deadline approaching he very well could've been bumped down to create extra roster room.
Hannikainen was recalled from AHL Cleveland on Saturday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic Cleveland reports. The Finn participated in Friday night's home win over the AHL's Heat, managing only one shot to go along with a plus-1 rating. In the absence of a stable NHL role, we can't recommend Hannikainen outside of keeper leagues at this time.
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