Blues Activate Carl Gunnarsson, Recall Zach Sanford

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10: Carl Gunnarsson #4 of the St. Louis Blues skates back for the puck against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on March 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced Thursday the Blues have activated defenseman Carl Gunnarsson from injured reserve (IR). Gunnarsson has missed the past 20 games due to an upper-body injury.

Gunnarsson has dressed in seven games with the Blues this season, posting a +2 rating.  The 6’2, 200-pound defenseman was originally acquired by the Blues via trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs on June 28, 2014 and is currently in his fifth season with the organization. Overall, the Orebro, Sweden, native has appeared in 563 career regular-season games, accumulating 122 points (25 goals, 97 assists) and 153 penalty minutes.

Armstrong also announced Thursday the Blues have recalled forward Zach Sanford from the club’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.

Sanford has dressed in 23 games for the Blues this season, recording nine points (four goals, five assists) and 13 penalty minutes. The 6’4, 200-pound forward has also appeared in seven games with the Rampage, collecting six points (four goals, two assists) and two penalty minutes. Overall, the Salem, Massachusetts, native has posted 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) and 23 penalty minutes in 62 career National Hockey League (NHL) regular-season games.