Yesterday the St. Louis Blues listed Jaden Schwartz as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. We knew that the forward would be held out of action this weekend, but didn’t have details after that. Now the team has released more information and Lou Korac of NHL.com is reporting that Schwartz will miss four weeks due to a left elbow injury.
That’s a tough break for Schwartz, who missed all but 33 games for the Blues last season. He was effective when healthy, scoring eight goals and 22 points during the regular season. The 24-year-old stepped up his game in the playoffs, going on to notch four goals and 10 assists in 20 games for St. Louis.
Originally selected in the first round (14th overall) of the 2010 NHL entry draft, Schwartz he been a regular for the Blues over the last three seasons. All told he has skated in 240 regular season contests, scoring 70 goals and adding 87 assists along the way.
The 5-foot-10 forward seemed poised to take on a larger role with the Blues this season after David Backes and Troy Brouwer bolted during free agency. St. Louis knew that it had forwards such as Schwartz waiting in the wings and waiting to take on more ice time, but it sounds like he will miss at last the first few weeks of the regular season.
The Blues open their campaign against the Chicago Blackhawks on October 12. If Schwartz is able to return in four weeks, he could be able to return on October 29 against the LA Kings or on November 1 against the Dallas Stars. Those two games are right on the four-week mark, however, and we obviously won’t know an exact return date until we get closer to that point.