Blue Jackets Assign Abramov to Monsters, Recall Carlsson

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CLEVELAND – The AHL’s defending Calder Cup Champions, the Cleveland Monsters, proudly powered by Constellation, announced Friday that the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets reassigned RW Vitaly Abramov to the Monsters from the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL and recalled D Gabriel Carlsson. Abramov was selected by the Blue Jackets in the third round (65th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft while Carlsson, headed for his first-career NHL call-up, was picked by the Blue Jackets in the first round (29th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

A 5’10”, 181. Lb. left-handed native of Chelyabinsk, Russia, Abramov supplied 46-58-104 with 76 penalty minutes and a +13 rating in 66 appearances for Gatineau this season and was named to the QMJHL’s First All-Star Team and was awarded the Michel Briere Trophy as QMJHL MVP and the Jean Beliveau Trophy as the QMJHL’s top scorer.

In two seasons with Gatineau spanning the 2015-16 and 2016-17 campaigns, Abramov notched a grand total of 84-113-197 with 112 penalty minutes and a +49 rating in 129 appearances. Last season, Abramov was named the 2015-16 QMJHL Rookie of the Year, earned a spot on the QMJHL All-Rookie Team and claimed the Michel Bergeron Trophy as the QMJHL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year.

A 6’4”, 192 lb., left-handed native of Örebro, Sweden, Carlsson, 20, supplied 0-1-1 with two penalty minutes and a +2 rating in three appearances for the Monsters since his reassignment from the SHL’s Linköping HC on March 30th. Carlsson recently completed his second full season with Linköping HC in the Swedish Hockey League where he posted 2-2-4 with six penalty minutes and a +8 rating in 40 appearances.  Last year, Carlsson contributed 1-8-9 with eight penalty minutes and a +4 rating in 45 games played while serving as Linköping’s youngest player.  In 92 career SHL appearances, Carlsson has 3-12-15 with 10 penalty minutes and a +15 rating to his credit.

Carlsson made his SHL debut with Linköping HC in 2014-15 and supplied 0-2-2 and a +3 rating in seven appearances in addition to 0-1-1 with two penalty minutes in 10 postseason games played.  That year, Calsson also recorded 0-7-7, 14 penalty minutes and a +21 rating in 39 appearances with Linköping HC J20 of the SuperElit and 2-3-5 with two penalty minutes and a +2 rating in seven contests with Linköping U18 of the J18 Elit.  Carlsson has additionally represented Sweden in several international tournaments, including the past two IIHF World Junior Championships.  Carlsson tallied 0-2-2 with a +5 rating in six appearances at the 2017 tournament and notched 0-3-3 with eight penalty minutes and a +1 rating in seven games in 2016.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday road clash vs. the Milwaukee Admirals with full coverage, live from UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee, WI, underway at 8:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.

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