November 11, 2010
You hear "broken ankle" for an NHL player, and you assume the injured player is going to be eating press box popcorn for quite a while.
In the case of St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie(notes), who snapped his left ankle in the third period of last night's 8-1 rout at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets, the rehab's expected to be at least three months.
The Blues already have lost David Perron(notes), Roman Polak(notes), Barret Jackman, Carlo Colaiacovo(notes) and Brad Winchester to injury. Oshie could be the biggest blow of all, but general manager Doug Armstrong offered a silver lining perspective during a press conference.
"Two years ago it seemed like all of our top players were getting hurt and we made a tremendous run and made the playoffs," Armstrong said. "I'm looking forward to seeing how these guys respond."
The "guys" specifically mentioned by Armstrong are Matt D'Agostini(notes) and Vladimir Sobotka(notes), who now "have an opportunity to play up on the food chain." And feast on smaller, less capable players, we assume.
Oshie had 10 points in 12 games. He averaged 19:01 time on ice per game, including time both on the power play and penalty kill units. His primary linemates were David Backes(notes) and David Perron before Perron's injury; he also saw time with Andy MacDonald.
The good news is that Oshie should, depending on how the break heals, be back for the postseason push. Now it's up to his teammates to ensure the Blues will be in a position to make that push.