St. Louis Blues Recall Petteri Lindbohm from Chicago


The St. Louis Blues made their first in-season roster move of 2014-15 on Saturday morning, announcing the recall of defenseman Petteri Lindbohm from the AHL Chicago Wolves.

Lindbohm, a sixth-rounder in 2012 who just turned 21 on September 23, made a strong impression on the Blues’ administration during training camp and likely would have made the opening roster had the team elected to keep seven healthy defensemen. It was a rather impressive feat for the young blueliner, who was originally slated to play in his native Finland this year, to jump established NHL veterans like Chris Butler and the since-departed Nate Prosser on the depth chart. Alas, instead of beginning the year with the Blues, he was sent to play at Chicago, where he has accumulated a goal and an assist with a plus-minus rating of plus-3 through three games.

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The addition of Lindbohm would seem to mean that defenseman Carl Gunnarsson, who has been making his way back from offseason hip surgery, is still a bit further away from playing in a game than originally thought. Gunnarsson has been cleared for full contact in practice since last Thursday, but clearly he’s not at the point where the team is ready to insert him into the lineup this weekend.

With the Blues playing two games within a 23-hour span, including an overnight trip from Phoenix to Anaheim, it’s highly likely that Lindbohm will get into a game this weekend. 33-year-old Barret Jackman and 34-year-old Jordan Leopold would seem to be the most likely candidates to come out of the lineup for a breather. The two veterans were expected to have their respected workloads reduced had Gunnarsson been healthy and ready to start the season in the lineup.