(HockeyStL) -- As the Blues get set to begin November, they are already being forced to dig into their forward depth due to injuries.
The team announced on Thursday afternoon that they had recalled forward Chris Porter from the American Hockey League to compensate for several injured forwards.
Porter’s call-up is the result of forwards Magnus Paajarvi and Brenden Morrow being unable to play in Friday’s game against the Florida Panthers.
The Blues placed Paajarvi on injured reserve on Wednesday. The move is retro-active to October 26, meaning the earliest he could return is on Saturday, though that is highly unlikely. Morrow is day-to-day with his injury, believed to be a rib injury, which he sustained in Tuesday’s game against Winnipeg.
According to St. Louis Post Dispatch writer Dan O’Neill, Morrow did not travel with the team on their trip to Florida.
Porter is expected to join the team before Friday’s game, but just for insurance purposes. With the return of Max Lapierre to the lineup, the Blues currently have just enough forwards to occupy four lines. Lapierre served the fifth and final game of his five-game suspension on Tuesday, and will be a player in Friday’s matchup.
Forward Adam Cracknell filled in for the injured Paajarvi on Tuesday, and is expected to do so again on Friday. Porter will be on the trip as an extra body, ensuring that the Blues have enough players should another forward go down with an injury.
Porter, 29, has spent the beginning of the season with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves, filling the role of left-winger. He has posted four points, all assists, in seven games with the Wolves.
Before training camp began in September, Porter was predicted to be on the Blues’ opening night roster. However, the Blues signed Morrow to a one-year contract towards the end of camp, and Porter was sent to the AHL as a result.
Porter played in 29 games with the Blues last season, as well as all six of their playoff games against the Los Angeles Kings. He centered the Blues’ fourth line consisting of himself, Cracknell, and Ryan Reaves. Porter signed a two-year, one-way deal with the Blues this past offseason. This will be the first time this season that he is on their National Hockey League roster.
Once the Blues decide to activate Paajarvi from the IR, Porter, or perhaps another player, will have to be assigned to Chicago. If it is Porter, he will be required to pass through waivers, which he has already done once this year.