Blue Jackets Recall Kolarik

he Blue Jackets announced today that they have added center Chad Kolarik on an emergency recall. Kolarik was acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes at the trade deadline for former first round pick Alexandre Picard.

The Coyotes selected Kolarik in the seventh round of the 2004 draft, 191 picks after the Blue Jackets selected Picard. The native of Abington, Pennsylvania has registered 9-6-15 in 16 games with Syracuse since the trade. He has 46-54-100 in 151 career AHL games with Syracuse and San Antonio.

Kolarik,  a former University of Michigan standout, collected 78-96-174 in 163 games during four seasons with Red Berenson’s Wolverines. He was a Second Team All-American and CCHA First Team All-Star in 2007-2008, his senior season in Ann Arbor.

At only 5-10 and 170 pounds, Kolarik is an undersized forward. He makes up for his lackluster stature with great speed and solid hands. While he needs to polish his defensive game, he can add a solid scoring touch in an energy roll and could even be featured on the power play in the final games of the season.

Kolarik may make his NHL debut tonight when the Blue Jackets travel to St. Louis to take on the Blues.


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