This summer, the St. Louis Blues lost forward Jaden Schwartz for four weeks with an elbow injury, expected to hold him out of the start of the 2016-17 season.
Sure enough, he missed the first four games of the year for the Central Division club – but now, he’s back.
Schwartz confirmed on Thursday that he’s good to go for the team’s game against the Edmonton Oilers later tonight, returning to the lineup for his regular season debut. Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the news on Twitter Thursday afternoon.
Drafted 14th overall by the Blues in 2010, the 24-year-old Schwartz boasts both a silver and bronze medal at the World Junior Championships from his time prior to going pro with St. Louis. He’s remained in the Central Division club’s system his entire career, going pro in 2012 out of Colorado College and remaining at the NHL level every season but the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign.
During that time, Schwartz has put up 70 goals and 157 points through 240 career NHL games, recording two seasons with 25-plus goals during that time. He was hoping for a quick bounce-back from a 33-game season last year, during which he was only able to put up eight goals and 22 points due to a long-term injury.
Now, he’ll get that chance.
The Blues will face off against the Oilers this evening at 7:00 PM MST in Edmonton, Alberta, getting their first appearance at the newly-built Rogers Place.