(HockeyStL) -- Blues forward Chris Porter is already earning high praise since his call-up from the AHL-affiliate Peoria Rivermen last week.
Porter, who was recalled when Vladimir Tarasenko was placed on injured reserve, is no stranger to the Blues after playing 47 games with the team last season and participating in training camp in January. It was a send down that was a tough call for the Blues to make at the time.
“Well, it was a numbers game,” Hitchcock said. “I mean if we would have kept 24 (players) he would have been on the team for sure. He played well enough when he was here.”
The 28-year-old has played 12 games with the Rivermen since missing the cut with the Blues. In the little time spent in Peoria, Porter posted ten points, including seven goals.
“Porter, to me, is at another level,” Hitchcock said. “We certainly got him in the mix right now. He’s got size, he’s got skill. He’s got a lot of confidence coming out of the American (Hockey) League scoring at a big rate there. He looks like a very strong player for us right now.”
With the potential injuries to Alex Steen and Andy McDonald, Porter could soon see valuable time for the Blues. On Tuesday, Hitchcock said the team will evaluate the injuries, which occurred during practice, to Steen and McDonald on Wednesday.
The Blues will host the Blackhawks Thursday night.