ST. LOUIS (KMOX)-The St. Louis Blues will be without arguably their best player so far this season, for at least six weeks. The team released a statement on Sunday morning announcing that it has placed winger Jaden Schwartz on injured reserve and that he will be re-evaluated for an ankle injury in six weeks.
Schwartz suffered the injury blocking a shot late in the first period of Saturday’s 6-1 win at Detroit. He had to be helped off the ice and did not put any weight on the foot. X-rays were negative.
Through 30 games this season, the 25-year-old Schwartz is second on the team and tied for ninth in the NHL with 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) and is second on the Blues and in the league with a plus-23 rating.
To fill Schwartz’s spot on the roster, the Blues have recalled Ivan Barbashev from the AHL’s Chicago. Wolves.
In 18 games with the Wolves this season, Barbashev has 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists) and is a minus-3. In six games with the Blues this season, he had no points. The 2nd round pick from the 2014 draft has played 36 games with the Blues over his career, tallying 12 points (5 goals, 7 assists) and is a plus-5.