Petteri Lindbohm becomes the latest player to occupy the Blues’ seventh defenseman spot.
The St. Louis Blues made a roster move in advance of their second-round series opener against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday, recalling defenseman Petteri Lindbohm from the AHL Chicago Wolves.
Lindbohm is the latest defenseman to come up and serve as the backup behind the Blues’ regular top six this postseason. Jordan Schmaltz played in the first game of the Blues’ series with the Minnesota Wild, but he went down later in the series as the Wolves began their playoff series with the Charlotte Checkers.
Schmaltz came back up for Game 5 of the Wild series, but after the Blues clinched the series win, he was returned to Chicago as former second-rounder Tommy Vannelli–who wasn’t getting any playing time for the Wolves, anyway–came up to give the Blues an extra blueline body in practice. With Lindbohm apparently not needed for the Wolves’ do-or-die Game 5 against the Checkers on Wednesday night, he’ll be at Scottrade Center to provide emergency depth.
Vannelli was reassigned to the Wolves as Lindbohm was recalled, though he’s unlikely to suit up for them Wednesday night. He didn’t see any AHL action this season after coming back from an injury at mid-season, instead splitting the campaign between the ECHL’s Missouri Mavericks and Atlanta Gladiators.
The 23-year-old Lindbohm played seven games with the Blues this season, collecting no points while posting a minus-4 rating with four penalty minutes. In 52 games at Chicago this year, Lindbohm had eight goals, eight assists, and a plus-3 rating. He had played in the first four games of the Wolves’ postseason series, tallying two assists with a minus-4 rating.
If the Wolves should be eliminated on Wednesday night, it’s certainly possible that the Blues could add quite a bit of defensive depth within the next few days. In addition to Schmaltz and Vannelli, Chris Butler has spent time with the NHL club this year and could come up to provide additional options in case the Blues suffer an injury on the blueline.