Blues' Tarasenko will miss at least 5 months due to left shoulder injury

Thomas WilliamsHockey writer
One of the top talents in the league will miss the majority of the season.(Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
One of the top talents in the league will miss the majority of the season.(Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


After an awkward encounter with Los Angeles Kings defenceman Sean Walker last Thursday, Vladimir Tarasenko will need surgery on his left shoulder to recover from the injury.

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The reigning Stanley Cup champions will be without their top winger for at least five months.

In the two games that Tarasenko missed, the Blues put defenceman Colton Parayko in his usual spot at the point on the power play and bumped up David Perron into a top-six role.

With this injury, the defending champions will surely hope that Brayden Schenn continues his hot start to the season, scoring nine goals and 13 points in the 12 games.

Before his injury against the Kings, Tarasenko had three goals and 10 points in the same number of games. The winger has scored at least 30 goals for the last five seasons — 185 total goals in his last 415 games played.

The Blues are 6-3-3 so far this season.

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