It has been announced that St. Louis Blues forward Alex Steen will miss four months after undergoing successful shoulder surgery. Steen reportedly played through the post-season with the shoulder injury.
Steen, 32, has become a valuable contributor for the Blues, putting up four goals and ten points in 20 playoff games en route to the Western Conference Final (and their eventual loss to the San Jose Sharks). Through 67 regular season games in 2015-16, Steen put up solid numbers of 17 goals and 35 assists for 52 points. While always being a regular contributor in St. Louis, he has emerged just recently as 60+ point guy, putting up 64 and 62 in the previous two campaigns, the first two 60 point seasons of his career.
Steen was drafted in the first round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft (24th overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He played with the Leafs for three full seasons, before being traded, along with defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo, as part of a package for forward Lee Stempniak. Steen has accumulated 197 goals and 418 points in 746 career National Hockey League games. He currently serves as an alternate captain for the Blues, and in 2014, he was the Blues’ nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy (awarded for sportsmanship, dedication and perseverance).
Steen has also represented his country on the international stage on a multitude of occasions. As part of Sweden‘s international team, he won a silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and also played in the 2007 World Championships, as well as the 2003 and 2004 World Junior Championships. Steen was also named part of Sweden’s roster at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, but will have to miss the tournament due to the injury.
Blues news: Alex Steen had surgery on his left shoulder, will be reevaluated in 16 weeks. By that timeline he’ll have to miss the World Cup.
— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) June 4, 2016