(HockeyStL) -- After missing the last three games with a rib injury, T.J. Oshie is ready to return to the Blues’ lineup. The Blues activated Oshie from injured reserve on Saturday, in time for their evening matchup against the speedy Oilers.
Oshie sustained the rib injury on March 12 when he finished a check on a San Jose Sharks’ player along the boards. Oshie went to the bench hunched over, appearing to be in a substantial amount of pain. Oshie left the game and was placed on the IR four days later. Oshie began skating with the team about a week ago, but only recently felt well enough to return.
Along with Tarasenko, forwards Andy McDonald and Alex Steen have both recently made their returns to the Blues’ lineup, giving the Blues a full roster. With Oshie’s return imminent, the Blues were prompted to trade away forward Matt D’Agostini on Friday to clear a roster spot for Oshie to return on Saturday. The Blues recently sent down Adam Cracknell and with D’Agostini gone, it appears that Chris Porter will remain in the National Hockey League (NHL).
Oshie most commonly has been found on a line with David Perron and David Backes this season. He will likely play top-line minutes in Saturday’s game. Saturday’s game will be Oshie’s 27th of the season. The 26-year-old forward has 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) so far this season.
The 5’11”, 195-pound forward signed a 5-year, $20.875 million contract this past offseason. Oshie played in 80 games last season for the Blues; it was the first time the injury-prone winger had played 80 games in his four NHL seasons.
Oshie was drafted by the Blues 24th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.