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Jaden Schwartz Injured
Schwartz hasn’t played for the Blues since November 16th after sustaining an upper-body injury. He was reportedly injured during a 4-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights although he played 16:25 in that game and had two assists.
Today, the team officially put him on injured reserve. He’s already missed three games and is expected to miss at least another four.
So far this season, Schwartz has scored two goals and seven assists for nine points to go along with eight minutes in penalties in 15 games. His possession numbers were 52.8 percent Corsi-For and a relative Corsi of +8.4.
Schwartz has spent his entire eight-year NHL career with the Blues. He has 115 goals and 165 assists for 280 career points in 395 career games. He was originally drafted by the Blues in the first round, 14th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Impact To St. Louis
At the same time that Schwartz was being put on injured reserve, Patrick Maroon was activated off of it. He will return to the lineup Friday night against the Nashville Predators. That will mitigate some of the loss, but the Blues have been struggling this season, currently last in the Central division, and losing players to injury isn’t helpful.
Schwartz isn’t the biggest contributor offensively, but he leads the team in Corsi outside of Chris Butler, who has played only two games. Prior to being injured, he was playing on the top line with Ryan O’Reilly. He was replaced by Zachary Sanford who is pointless in the past three games.
St. Louis has lost all three games Schwartz has missed. After the Predators, the Blues will host the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night. A quick return to the line up is preferred, but the feeling is the Blues don’t want to rush Schwartz’s return in case of further injury.