(HockeyStL) -- The Blues announced on Wednesday that forward Magnus Paajarvi had been placed on injured reserve. Paajarvi’s injury, described only as an upper-body injury, has kept Paajarvi from practicing with the team since he sustained the injury on Oct. 26.
Paajarvi, 22, sustained the injury in-game on Oct. 26, and it was believed to be the result of a hit delivered by Nashville’s Victor Bartley in the first period of the game. Paajarvi left the matchup after playing a few more shifts, and would not return. Paajarvi has yet to practice since Saturday, and missed his first game as a result of the injury on Tuesday. Before Tuesday’s game, Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said Paajarvi was day-to-day with the injury. Paajarvi’s injury had originally been described as “significant” by Hitchcock, but the description Hitchcock gave on Tuesday made it sound as though Paajarvi’s injury wasn’t as bad as originally feared.
Adam Cracknell took Paajarvi’s place in the Blues’ lineup on Tuesday, but there is no indication as to whether or not he will continue to do so. Max Lapierre finished off the fifth game of a five-game suspension on Tuesday, so he is eligible to return for the Blues’ next game, which takes place on Friday.
The Blues play on both Friday and Saturday this week. It is unlikely that Paajarvi will be a participant in either of those games. Paajarvi has played in four games with the Blues this season since making his debut in Chicago on Oct. 17. He has no points and has a plus/minus rating of minus-four.
Since Paajarvi sustained the injury last Saturday, he is eligible to come off of the IR as soon as the Blues' Nov. 2 matchup against Tampa Bay, but that seems to be unlikely.