St. Louis Blues Lose Jaden Schwartz to Injury; Dmitrij Jaskin Recalled


The St. Louis Blues announced on Wednesday evening that forward Jaden Schwartz will be out week-to-week with a foot injury that was suffered in Tuesday night’s victory over the Los Angeles Kings. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s Jeremy Rutherford, the injury is believed to be a broken foot, which would likely keep him out for at least a month if that is indeed the injury.

The loss of Schwartz is significant for the Blues, as he was third on the team in points (11 goals and 16 points) and had spent much of the season playing on the team’s most productive line, the “STL line” with Vladimir Tarasenko and Jori Lehtera. He had played in all 31 of the Blues’ games this season.

To replace Schwartz on the roster, the Blues recalled 21-year-old forward Dmitrij Jaskin, who is thought to have legitimate scoring potential in the NHL, but hasn’t shown too much of it thus far. This year, Jaskin has played in six games and has just one point, though it was a significant one: a game-winning goal in his first game of the year which gave the Blues a victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on October 25.

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Jaskin, who has played in 18 games for the AHL Chicago Wolves this year, has four goals and 11 assists in the minors. The 6-foot-3, 204-pounder has definitely developed a physical edge which should aid him if he ends up being asked to contribute on the Blues’ lower two forward lines. He has 31 penalty minutes for the Wolves this year.

The Blues play the Kings again, this time in Los Angeles, on Thursday night. It should be interesting to see who is left out of the lineup among what is now likely to become a four-man forward rotation between Jaskin, Joakim Lindstrom, Magnus Paajarvi, and Chris Porter.

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