(HockeySTL) -- Blues forward Jori Lehtera has been given the final OK to return to the team’s lineup and will join the club on the ice Tuesday night against Arizona.
Lehtera has missed the last six games with concussion symptoms after sustaining a head injury on Jan. 29 against Nashville. The injury was a result of Lehtera colliding with the end boards.
"It was a tough week at home; so boring," Lehtera told reporters. "I'm ready (to play)."
On Saturday, the center was visible on the ice for the first time since the injury, skating prior to the team’s optional practice. Lehtera joined his teammates for the first time this morning during the Blues' morning skate. The indication pre-game is that Lehtera will return to what has become his regular spot, centering Jaden Schwartz and the club’s leading scorer Vladimir Tarasenko.
In his first NHL season, Lehtera has nine goals, 30 points in 46 games. His recent bout with a concussion was not Lehtera’s first. The Finnish forward also suffered from concussion symptoms during his time with Sibir of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League.
In anticipation of Lehtera’s return, the club re-assigned rookie forward Ty Rattie to the AHL’s Chicago Wolves Monday evening. Rattie had one point, an assist, in five games with the Blues during his promotion. He is one of the Wolves’ top scorers with 17 goals, 28 points in 43 games.