Blue Jackets get LaVallee-Smotherman from Atlanta for future considerations

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Blue Jackets have picked up left-winger Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for future considerations.

General manager Scott Howson announced the deal Thursday. LaVallee-Smotherman was assigned to the club’s American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse.

The 23-year-old LaVallee-Smotherman was Atlanta’s fifth pick, 116th overall, in the 2005 draft.

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He has one goal and one assist in four career NHL games with the Thrashers and has spent most of the past three seasons playing with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves.

The six-foot-three, 225-pound native of Corvallis, Ore., has 39 goals and 34 assists in 140 career AHL games.