The Blues might want to stock up on forward depth now that Landon Ferraro is done for the season.
The St. Louis Blues’ already-shaky forward depth has taken another hit, as forward Landon Ferraro–who has spent the entire season on loan to the AHL Chicago Wolves–will miss the remainder of the 2016-17 with an ACL injury. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s Jeremy Rutherford had the scoop first. Ferraro last played for the Wolves on December 10 and has missed the team’s past five games.
The 25-year-old Ferraro was one of the Blues’ most experienced forwards at the AHL level, having played 75 NHL games over three seasons, collecting six goals and five assists. Over 22 games for the Wolves this season, Ferraro had seven goals and eight assists with a plus-4 rating.
Ferraro had been considered a likely candidate to crack the Blues’ opening night roster after Jaden Schwartz suffered an elbow injury during training camp, but he was pushed down the totem pole after Nail Yakupov was acquired just days before the season opener. Still, the Blues liked him enough that they were concerned about the possibility of losing him on waivers when they reassigned him to Chicago.
With the losses of Ferraro and Magnus Paajarvi, who is sidelined for an extended period with a broken wrist, the Blues are running extremely short on NHL-tested depth forwards. Jordan Caron (157 games of NHL experience), Kenny Agostino, and Andrew Agozzino (10 games each of NHL experience) are the only healthy forwards remaining in the Blues’ system with experience in the NHL.
Center Wade Megan, who will be making his NHL debut on Thursday, was recalled from Chicago to replace the injured Paul Stastny on the roster. With his promotion, the Wolves have just 11 healthy forwards remaining on their roster (one less than the 12 typically needed to play a professional game), though defenseman Scooter Vaughan has extensive experience at forward and has been playing wing recently.