Doug Vaughn on T.J. Oshie's injury
Posted on November 11, 2010 at 11:23 AM
(KMOV) -- The Blues don't know yet how long TJ Oshie will be out, but he'll be missed every game he's not in the line-up. Oshie is one of the hardest workers on the team, and is the team's leading scorer at this point of the season.
Oshie will have his broken left ankle examined by Dr. Matt Matava today, and re-examined again tomorrow before determining whether he needs surgery. Early indications are that surgery seems likely. The good news is that there doesn't appear to be any ligament or structural damage. Usually a broken ankle will keep a player out of action between six to eight weeks, but if he needs surgery he'd likely be out longer than that.
It's a good thing the Blues got off to such a fast start because the next few weeks could be a struggle. They've now lost Oshie for an undetermined amount of time, and David Perron has missed the last three games with concussion related symptoms. They have only 10 healthy forwards right now. They've also lost Carlo Colaiacovo, Barrett Jackman and Roman Polak to injuries and all are currently on the shelf. We're going to be seeing a lot of the Peoria minor league roster over the next few weeks. Jaraslova Halak is going to have to continue his stellar play in goal if the Blues are going to be able to keep their heads above water, waiting for their front line players to return.