Blue Jackets Assign D Dean Kukan to Cleveland for Conditioning
Swiss blue-liner appeared in six games for Columbus so far this season
The AHL’s Cleveland Monsters announced Wednesday that the team’s NHL affiliate, the Columbus Blue Jackets, assigned defenseman Dean Kukan to the Monsters for the purpose of conditioning. A 6’2”, 186 lb. left-handed native of Volketswil, Switzerland, Kukan, 25, posted four penalty minutes and a -1 rating in six appearances for the Blue Jackets this season.
In 25 career NHL appearances, all for Columbus, spanning parts of three seasons from 2015-18, Kukan supplied 0-4-4 with six penalty minutes and a +10 rating. In 137 career AHL appearances, all for the Monsters, spanning parts of three seasons from 2015-18, Kukan registered 8-49-57 with 71 penalty minutes and a -7 rating, and represented Cleveland in the 2017-18 AHL All-Star Game. Kukan also logged 1-4-5 with two penalty minutes and a +4 rating in 17 appearances for the Monsters during the 2016 AHL Playoffs, helping the team claim the 2016 Calder Cup as AHL Playoff Champions.
Prior to his North American professional career, Kukan appeared in 125 SHL games for Luleå HF spanning parts of four seasons from 2011-15, notching 8-21-29 with 26 penalty minutes and a +19 rating. Kukan additionally appeared in two games for the ZCS Lions of the Swiss NLA during the 2010-11 season. Internationally, Kukan represented Switzerland in the 2012 and 2013 IIHF U20 World Junior Championships and the 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018 IIHF World Championships, helping the Swiss claim the tournament’s Silver Medal in 2018.
Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Wednesday road clash vs. the Lehigh Valley Phantoms with full coverage, live from PPL Center in Allentown, PA, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.