Matt D’Agostini Injured, Evgeny Grachev Recalled
Remember when we discussed the St. Louis Blues returning to full health? Well, someone obviously didn’t knock on wood hard enough. Fresh off Jason Arnott missing time with a shoulder injury, the Blues lost another forward Tuesday night against Ottawa when Matt D’Agostini was forced to leave the game with what has been described as an “upper-body” injury. As a result, the Blues have recalled Evgeny Grachev.
While we expect more information on D’Agostini to be released in the near future, we currently can’t rule out the possibility of a concussion given how high up the hit was that he received. If you recall, D’Agostini missed time earlier this season after a hit to the head but was able to make a return without missing any action aside from a couple practices. It’s unclear whether the current situation will mimic the previous one until further exams can be run on the St. Louis forward. We all should just hope that the Blues don’t have yet another concussion on their hands given the team’s history with the nasty injury.
Time to look at the bright side.
Evgeny Grachev now makes his return to St. Louis and will again have a chance to prove himself at the NHL level. Through 24 games at the NHL level this season Grachev has tallied one goal and three assists for a total of four points. At times Grachev has done a great job using his size and strength to create space for himself in the tough areas on the ice. At other times Grachev has looked like a player lacking NHL experience when he drifts out of the flow of the game, failing to make an impact. Needless to say, while we would all rather see a healthy D’Agostini it will be fun to see Grachev back in action.
Bright side part two – Jason Arnott should be back in the lineup in the near future. His status was questionable for the team’s game on Tuesday against Ottawa, signaling that he should be ready to go sooner than later.