The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that goaltender Pascal Leclaire and defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen have been recalled from the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate.
Leclaire, 23, is 2-3-0 with a 2.99 goals-against average (GAA) and .910 save percentage (SV%) in six games with the Crunch this season. On Saturday, he made 36 saves to post his first shutout of the season in a 2-0 win over the Rochester Americans. He began the season with Columbus, appearing in two games with an 0-2-0 record, 3.56 GAA and .873 SV%.
Columbus’ first pick, eighth overall, in the 2001 Entry Draft, Leclaire was 5-6-3 with a 2.34 GAA, .926 SV% and two shutouts in 14 games with the Crunch during an injury-shortened 2004-05 season. He is 36-45-9 with a 3.12 GAA and five shutouts in 100 career AHL games. He is 0-4-0 with a 3.54 GAA in four career NHL contests with the Blue Jackets.
Tollefsen, 21, has appeared in 15 games with Syracuse this season, tallying two assists, 43 penalty minutes and a plus-4 rating. He is tied for the team lead in plus/minus and ranks second in penalty minutes. Columbus’ third pick, 65th overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft, he has registered five assists and 158 penalty minutes with a cumulative plus-6 rating in 78 career AHL games.
A native of Oslo, Norway, Tollefsen will be looking to make his NHL debut.