(HockeySTL)-- The Blues have officially placed forward Paul Stastny on injured reserve, six days after he sustained what the team continues to describe as an “upper-body” injury.
The injury, which is believed to be shoulder-related, has been bothering Stastny since last Saturday. The forward was on the receiving end of a check by Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal and has been out of the lineup ever since the hit.
Stastny wore a sling for the first few days after sustaining the injury, but was not wearing it walking around at the rink on Wednesday. According to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Stastny has been skating for the past few days, but has yet to shoot a puck.
As of Wednesday, Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock wasn’t sure placing Stastny on IR would be necessary. However, the team is battling a “bacterial ailment” that has infected a large chunk of the club. While the team’s roster remains “fluid”, according to Hitchcock, the Blues felt they needed an extra healthy body on the roster.
Once Stastny’s placement on IR was made official, the team announced it had promoted Dmitrij Jaskin to the parent club. Jaskin will join the team for Saturday’s game against Chicago, but, as of Friday evening there was no indication on whether or not he would be in the lineup against the Blackhawks.
This will be Jaskin’s first NHL stint of the season. The forward had a solid training camp, but strong depth and logistics pushed him off of the final 23-man roster. The 21-year-old has four points (one goal, three assists) in four games with the Blues’ AHL affiliates this season.
"He really can't do much more than he's done," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said of Jaskin prior to the season. “What he needs is an opportunity and when he gets that opportunity, he has to make sure there's no question that he'll never go back down.”
Depending on how long Stastny is out, Jaskin could have a few chances to showcase himself before being sent back to Chicago. However, Stastny’s injury isn’t expected to be a long-term issue. His IR placement is retroactive to last Saturday, meaning he is eligible to return to the official roster and lineup as soon as he’s healthy.
Hitchcock said earlier in the week that Stastny would be evaluated again this weekend and a better timetable would be established following that evaluation. A return isn’t imminent.
Before his injury, Stastny was the Blues’ leading scorer with four points in his first four games.