Hannikainen was called up from AHL Cleveland on Saturday. The 24-year-old Finn continues to pinball between the Blue Jackets and their top development affiliate. However, he's been playing more than ever at the highest level in 2017-18, collecting four points through 27 contests. Hannikainen has already defied the odds of cracking an NHL roster despite going undrafted, so we can't rule out his potential for making a splash in the fantasy realm in the coming seasons.
Hannikainen was reassigned to AHL Cleveland on Thursday, TSN reports. The Blue Jackets don't play again until Tuesday against the Golden Knights, whereas the Monsters will have played two contests before then, so Hannikainen will continue to refine his game in the lower levels. After all, there's usually no such thing as an in-season break for a touted prospect teetering between the organization's ranks.
Hannikainen failed to score a point and posted a minus-2 rating in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Senators. Injuries have pushed the 24-year-old into a regular spot on the Jackets' fourth line, but Hannikainen's failed to do much with the opportunity, going scoreless in the last six games while managing a minus-1 rating and only six shots on goal in under 10 minutes of ice time a night. In fact, his last point at the NHL level came all the way back on Nov. 10. Expect him to return to the press box, or even AHL Cleveland, once the club has better options to round out its forward ranks.
Hannikainen was called up from AHL Cleveland on Friday. The 24-year-old winger from Finland has impressed the parent club in limited action this season, tacking on two goals and another pair of assists through 12 games. However, his teetering between the organization's ranks is probably a dealbreaker for most fantasy owners shopping for a forward.
Hannikainen was reassigned to AHL Cleveland on Tuesday. Hannikainen was not able to grab a roster spot during the one game he was up with the big club and he will return to the minors to receive more meaningful ice time. The Finn is off the fantasy radar until he can claim a more permanent role with the Blue Jackets.
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