The Blue Jackets announced today that they loaned Cole Sillinger to the AHL's Cleveland Monsters.
"This is a great opportunity for Cole to join the Monsters as they continue to push for a berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs," Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in the team's release. "Taking on additional responsibilities and playing games with playoff implications, and hopefully games in the playoffs, is hugely important to the development of a young player like Cole. Zach Werenski was in a similar position a few years ago and the experience helped him individually and from a team perspective as it resulted in a Calder Cup championship."
In 143 NHL games since being drafted 12th overall in 2021, Sillinger has recorded 19-23--42, including 3-8--11 in 64 games this season.
After finishing his second year at Michigan in 2015-16, Werenski played seven regular-season games for the Monsters and recorded a goal in addition to posting 5-9--14 in 17 playoff games.
With 13 of this season's 72 games remaining, the Monsters are seventh in the AHL's North Division, with the top five teams qualifying for the playoffs. They are two points out of a playoff spot with three games in hand.