With the All-Star break concluding and team activities resuming Monday afternoon, the Blues have made a few roster additions recalling forward Ty Rattie and goaltender Pheonix Copley from the Chicago Wolves.
Rattie, 22, was with the Blues heading into the break, but with the week off, the club loaned the forward to the Wolves for that period. Prior to being assigned, Rattie had three goals in six games, his most productive stint with the NHL club to date.
“I think I have to keep telling myself I belong here, and playing with confidence, and making plays, and just proving that I belong up here,” said Rattie. “So that’s the biggest thing for me is probably the confidence.”
In 11 games with the Blues this season, Rattie has three goals, five points and a plus-2 rating.
With goaltender Jake Allen not yet ready for action, Copley was called upon to provide help in a backup role until Allen is able to return. Allen had 18 wins in 33 games before suffering a lower-body injury prior to the break.
As far as a timetable for Allen’s return, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock didn’t have one.
“I don’t really know,” Hitchcock said. “Until he joins us, I don’t really have a clue. I can’t tell you time, date, time frame. I can’t tell you anything right now. I haven’t seen him on the ice with us, so until he gets on the ice with us and starts stopping pucks, I can’t even give you a clue when he’s going to be back.”
Copley has an 11-11-1 record in the AHL this season to go along with a .905 save percentage and a 2.75 goals against average. The 24-year-old netminder was acquired from Washington in the offseason as part of the compensation for forward T.J. Oshie.
This will be Copley’s first NHL stint with the Blues, though Brian Elliott is likely to start in the majority of the games during Allen’s absence.
Even if he sees little to no game action, the time around the NHL club’s coaching staff can be invaluable.
“This is an opportunity for Jimmy (Corsi) to work with Copley and see where he’s at too,” said Hitchcock. “He did a lot of work with Binnington and now I think we want to spend some time with Pheonix here and see where he’s at.”