Lukas Sedlak, the sixth-round pick that broke out during AHL Lake Erie’s Calder Cup championship run, will make his big-league debut tonight when Columbus hosts Chicago.
Sedlak, 23, spent three largely nondescript years with the Jackets’ minor-league club after turning pro in 2013, never scoring more than 18 points in a single season.
But in last year’s playoffs he caught fire, finishing second on the team in goals (nine) while tying playoff MVP Oliver Bjorkstrand in points (16).
And Sedlak did all that in just 17 games played.
“He filled the net in the playoffs and the last quarter of that year,” Columbus head coach John Tortorella said, per the Dispatch. “He deserves to be here. He’s had a good enough camp to be here.”
Tonight, Sedlak draws in for Sam Gagner as Columbus looks to avoid an 0-3 start to the year.