Cole Sillinger, Yegor Chinakhov Make The Columbus Blue Jackets Opening Night Roster As Final Moves Are Made

By Ed Francis on October 10, 2021 at 2:26 pm
At a combined 38 years old, both Cole Sillinger and Yegor Chinakhov have made the Columbus Blue Jackets opening night roster.
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One year removed from being the Columbus Blue Jackets surprise first round draft pick and just six months removed from being the eventual rookie of the year in the KHL, Yegor Chinakhov will be in the opening night lineup Thursday when the Blue Jackets take on the Arizona Coyotes. 

Cole Sillinger, another top round draftee — from this summer's draft — will become the fourth-youngest Blue Jacket to skate in a regular season game. The 18-year-old was born May 16th, 2003; three years into the Blue Jackets franchise. 

Columbus adjusted their roster down to the required 23 players Sunday by sending forwards Justin Danforth and Liam Foudy, defenseman Gavin Bayreuther, and goalie Daniil Tarasov to the Cleveland Monsters of the AHL.

The club also put defensemen Gabriel Carlsson and Mikko Lehtonen on waivers, along with forward Kevin Stenlund. If the trio clear waivers, they will also be assigned to Cleveland.

Forward Trey Fix-Wolansky is officially on the Blue Jackets as well, though is expected to be placed on injured reserved to bring the roster to 23.

With these moves, the Blue Jackets will begin the 2021-22 season with the following players:

  • Forwards:
  • Emil Bemstrom
  • Oliver Bjorkstrand
  • Yegor Chinakhov
  • Max Domi
  • Trey Fix-Wolansky*
  • Gregory Hofmann
  • Boone Jenner
  • Sean Kuraly
  • Patrik Laine
  • Gustav Nyquist
  • Eric Robinson
  • Jack Roslovic
  • Cole Sillinger
  • Alexandre Texier
  • Jakub Voracek

  • Jake Bean
  • Adam Boqvist
  • Vladislav Gavrikov
  • Scott Harrington
  • Dean Kukan
  • Andrew Peeke
  • Zach Werenski

  • Joonas Korpisalo
  • Elvis Merzlikins

    *Fix-Wolansly is expected to be placed on the injured reserve list.