The Blues signed Jaden Schwartz to a two-year, $4.7 million deal.
Schwartz, 22, had 25 goals and 31 assists (56 points) in 80 games in his second full season with the Blues. The 2010 14th overall pick took a massive step forward last season and should be a clutch fantasy contributor this season. It took the Blues awhile to get him signed, but he will get a lot of time in training camp to get ready for the season.
Schwartz (undisclosed) appears to be ready to return the lineup tonight.
Schwartz missed the last two games but is skating on the Blues' top line with Alex Steen and T.J Oshie this morning. His participation in line-rushes during the morning skate suggests that he is back in. Schwartz has eight goals and 14 assists (22 points) in 31 games. With David Backes out Schwartz has a great shot on the top-line tonight vs. Montreal.
Schwartz is not on the ice for the Blues this morning and could be out tonight.
There is no word on what is ailing Schwartz but his absence from the morning skate suggests that he will not be in the lineup tonight against the Senators. Schwartz has been hot as of late posting five goals and seven assists in his last 12 games.
Hitchcock made it clear that rookie Jaden Schwartz would not make his NHL debut against Carolina tomorrow. For one thing, Schwartz is still recuperating from a bout with Strep Throat, and he is not quite up to par energy-wise.
Schwartz probably plays on the third line to start his NHL career. Expect the youngster to give the Blues some fresh legs.