The St. Louis Blues just can’t seem to fight off the injury bug that continues to plague this team. On Wednesday night, the Blues announced that forward Sammy Blais is out with a right wrist injury that will require surgery, he is to be reevaluated in ten weeks. In response to this, the Blues have signed veteran Troy Brouwer to a two way deal worth $750,000. Brouwer is of course already a well known figure in St. Louis having scored the winning goal in the Blues game 7 win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the 2016 playoffs.
With Blais out this doesn’t just mean playing time for Brouwer, it could also mean bigger minutes for Blues rookie Klim Kostin, who has been averaging just under nine minutes of ice time in his two NHL games. Knocking on the door right behind Kostin are other Rampage players looking to get their shot in the big leagues. Jordan Kyrou, who is just coming off a knee surgery has been quite impressive since rejoining the Rampage, tallying four goals and four assists in only six games. Another Rampage player looking to make his presence known is Nathan Walker, who has 11 goals and nine assists in 17 games for the Rampage this year.
The injury to Sammy Blais has come at a bad time, not just because it adds to the injuries the Blues already have but their short term schedule is not an easy one. The Blues are back on the ice Thursday night at home for 90s night where they will face off against the Calgary Flames who almost spoiled a Blues win two weeks ago, tying the game in the back half of the third, forcing the game into overtime. After Thursday the Blues have a big divisional match-up Saturday at home against the Nashville Predators before traveling to Nashville for the second half of a home and home on Monday. Once leaving Nashville it will be more familiar faces for the Blues as they travel to Tampa on Wednesday before coming back to the central time zone for a match-up down in Dallas against the Stars who have been surging in the month in November winning 7 of 8 including an overtime loss.