MacInnis was reassigned to AHL Cleveland on Saturday.
MacInnis played two out of three games during his most recent stint with the big club. The 23-year-old will head back to Cleveland to get some regular playing time, but should be near the top of the call-up list when the Blue Jackets need forward depth.
MacInnis was recalled from AHL Cleveland on Monday.
MacInnis appeared in seven NHL contests in December and January, recording one assist and 11 shots in the process. With Alexander Wennberg (upper body) hitting injured reserve, MacInnis should be in line for a regular role in the bottom six.
Columbus sent MacInnis to AHL Cleveland on Wednesday.
The Blue Jackets activated Cam Atkinson (ankle) off injured reserve in a corresponding move, so they're no longer in need of MacInnis' services on the wing. The 23-year-old collected one assist in five games during his most recent stay with the big club.
MacInnis picked up an assist in Friday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Capitals.
He chipped in on Jakob Lilja's second-period tally, giving MacInnis his first career NHL point in his third career game. A second-round pick by the Coyotes in 2014, the 23-year-old center -- the son of Hall of Famer Al MacInnis -- was off to a solid start this season for AHL Cleveland (three goals and 15 points in 28 games) and has a golden opportunity to prove he belongs at the top level due to all the injuries that have beset the Jackets' forward ranks. His upside is still likely that of a defensively responsible bottom-six option, however.
Columbus promoted MacInnis from the minors Thursday, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports.
The Blue Jackets are currently dealing with a ton of long-term injuries up front, so MacInnis will round out the team's depth at forward for the foreseeable future. The 23-year-old American has racked up 15 points in 28 AHL appearances this season.
MacInnis was demoted to AHL Cleveland on Monday.
MacInnis appeared in the last two games with Columbus but failed to register a point. The 23-year-old winger could rejoin the team after the holiday break if some of the team's injured forwards still aren't ready to return.
The Blue Jackets recalled MacInnis from AHL Cleveland on Friday.
MacInnis should provide some depth up front for the Blue Jackets, who are shorthanded in the wake of injuries to Sonny Milano (upper body), Cam Atkinson (lower body), Josh Anderson (shoulder) and Emil Bemstrom (upper body) all within the last couple of weeks. MacInnis hasn't been lighting up the AHL ranks this season by any means, but his 15 points over 28 games are a massive improvement over the 24 in 71 he posted last season. He could make his NHL debut as soon as Saturday versus the Devils.
MacInnis signed his qualifying offer from Columbus on Tuesday. The deal is a one-year, two-way contract worth $874,125.
MacInnis set career highs in assists (20) and points (24) with AHL Cleveland last season. Selected by the Coyotes with the 43rd overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, the 23-year-old was acquired by the Jackets in July of 2018 in a swap for minor-league players. The center figures to spend the majority of the 2019-20 campaign in the minors.
The Blue Jackets have extended MacInnis a qualifying offer, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
MacInnis spent the entirety of the 2018-19 campaign with AHL Cleveland, notching four goals and 24 points in 71 regular-season appearances before adding three points in eight playoff games. The 2014 second-round pick is still only 23 years old, but he's running out of time to prove that he's capable of earning a regular role on an NHL roster. All signs point to MacInnis once again spending the majority of the upcoming season in the minors.
MacInnis was traded to the Blue Jackets on Wednesday in exchange for Jacob Graves and a conditional 2019 sixth-round pick.
MacInnis was selected 43rd overall by the Coyotes in the 2014 draft and has appeared in 129 AHL games with both the Tucson Roadrunners and Springfield Falcons. He's recorded 14 career goals and 17 assists in that time. He also played for the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League early in his career.
MacInnis had four goals in OHL Kitchener's 7-2 win over Peterborough on Thursday.
MacInnis continues to lead the offensive charge for arguably the best team in all the CHL. The 2014 second round pick of the Coyotes now has eight goals in his last four games. Overall, he has 10 goals and 20 points in 12 games this season.
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