Team Canada has been hit with some unfortunate news as Hockey Canada announced today that St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz will miss the remainder of the IIHF World Championships with an upper-body injury.
— Team Canada Men (@HC_Men) May 18, 2018
Jaden Schwartz Out for the Remainder of the World Championships
Schwartz sustained the injury during Canada’s quarterfinal matchup against team Russia. He was checked into the boards by Nikita Nesterov, who then fell on top of Schwartz. He left the game and did not return.
It’s the second time Schwartz has represented Canada at the World Championships, having dawned the Canadian jersey in 2013. In eight tournament games this year, Schwartz recorded four assists while helping Canada secure a semifinal matchup against Switzerland on Saturday. Anthony Beauvillier is projected to take over Schwartz’ place in the lineup, next to Ryan O’Reilly and Kyle Turris.
A native of Wilcox Saskatchewan, the 25-year-old Schwartz was almost a point per game player for the Blues this season. Schwartz scored 24 goals and 35 assists for 59 points in 62 games this past season. Over his career, the former first-round pick has 271 points in 380 games.
It has been a difficult season for Schwartz as he also missed 20 games this year with elbow and ankle injuries. In 2015-16, he only suited up in 33 games for the Blues becasue of a fractured ankle. Thankfully this injury doest not appear to be serious. The Blues said the injury will have no impact on his availability for training camp in September. If the Blues want to return to the post season in 2018-19, they are going to need a healthy Schwartz in the lineup. The Blues had made the playoffs for six straight seasons before missing out this year.