Jaden Schwartz will miss first four weeks of NHL season
The St. Louis Blues will be without forward Jaden Schwartz to start the season after he sustained a left elbow injury in practice.
Schwartz is expected to miss four weeks, but Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock said the news isn’t all that bad.
“It could be a lot worse,” Hitchcock said Friday. “We’ve got two weeks of training camp left, so he won’t miss many games. With an injury like that, it could be nothing or it could be surgery, you don’t know… The nice part is, he’s going to be in shape because it’s not going to affect his skating. He’ll be in cardio shape and can hit the ground running.”
Schwartz was a player we here at HockeyFanLand felt had massive fantasy hockey potential this season, the 24-year-old signed a nice long extension with the St. Louis Blues this summer. The extension was a signal that St. Louis believed Schwartz was ready to take on a role, and the door was wide open after David Backes and Troy Brouwer bolted during free agency.
Unfortunately, Schwartz missed significant time last season due to a fractured ankle. Only appearing in a total of 33 regular-season games. Still, Schwartz managed 22 points in those contests and remain highly effective throughout the playoffs: posting 4 goals and 10 assists in 20 games.
The bad news is: Jaden Schwartz Is an injury risk, that will be missing at least four weeks to start the new NHL season. His potential return date is near the end of October.
The good news: if you are a fantasy hockey player and you play your cards right… You could be rewarded very nicely if you take a risk on the talented Jaden Schwartz, as he could become the ultimate sleeper.