Patrik Berglund is coming off an up-and-down season, but he won’t get a chance to show whether this year could look any better for at least four months.
The 27 year old left wing is undergoing shoulder surgery, per an official release by the St. Louis Blues, and will be out until the end of December. At that point, the team will re-evaluate the injury — sustained during off-season training this month — and set a more concrete return date for the forward.
Drafted by the Blues in the first round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Berglund had a patchy 2014-2015 season at best. Overall, he put up moderately successful middle six stats for the Central Division club — but when broken down by month, the Swedish skater had moments where he looked a bit lost and unable to produce. Mild rumors swirled regarding whether Berglund himself would be the skater the Blues needed to move to revitalize their franchise (ultimately, fellow winger T.J. Oshie ended up being the forward to get displaced) but there isn’t much that suggested there were any actual problems with his game beyond consistency issues.
Per the club’s release, there’s no way of knowing exactly what the winger did to injure his shoulder this summer — but there is mention of the dislocation Berglund suffered back during the 2013-2014 season, suggesting that this could be an aggravated re-injury of the same nature.
Without Berglund in the lineup to start the season, the Blues will have to drastically re-evaluate their forward lineup; Berglund was one of the skaters the team both knew would make the lineup and likely knew where they wanted to put. The Central Division club may end up using this as an excuse to sign Scott Gomez, who has been invited to training camp on a PTO basis this week — which would give some versatility to the lineup, although there are plenty of options already on the roster when it comes to players who could take Berglund’s place over half a year.
With two goals and two assists in the six-game post season for St. Louis, Berglund was tied for the third most points among all skaters on the roster during the playoffs alone; his 12 goals in the regular season were ninth overall on the club.