St. Louis Blues Vladimir Tarasenko Out at Least Five Months After Surgery

Vladimir Tarasenko

St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko will be our for at least five months, sidelined with a shoulder injury. He will be re-evaluated after that time frame. This is another addition to a long list of left-shoulder issues for the winger. He will undergo surgery on Tuesday.

Vladimir Tarasenko to Have Surgery

Tarasenko left Thursday’s game with the Los Angeles Kings after colliding with defenceman Sean Walker in the first period. He left the game and did return.

The 27-year-old has three goals and seven assists over 10 games so far this season. He’s has a Corsi for 51.5 and a relative Corsi of 3.4.

The Yaroslavl, Russia native has played all eight NHL seasons with the Blues. He’s scored 214 goals and supplied 214 assists for 428 points in 507 career games. St. Louis originally drafted him in the first round, 16th overall of the 2010 NHL Draft.

Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong will address the media about the injury on Tuesday at the team’s practice facility.

Tarasenko has had shoulder issues in the past as he dislocated his left shoulder in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins. He also had surgery on the same shoulder at the end of the 2017-18 season. It was also for a dislocation.

What This Means for the Future

St. Louis star forward was on a five-game point streak before the injury sidelined him. He’s the team’s biggest scoring threat and has been a 30-goal scorer the last five seasons.

The Blues forward depth will be tested without Tarasenko in the lineup. However, Robert Thomas and Oskar Sundqvist played well in Sunday’s win over the Detroit Red Wings. David Perron will also get more opportunities to pick up the scoring load.

St. Louis may also recall Jordan Kyrou and Klim Kostin from AHL San Antonio to cover roster spots. The Blues are also missing forward Sammy Blais due to injury.

GLENDALE, AZ – MARCH 31: Vladimir Tarasenko #91 of the St. Louis Blues reacts as he skates to the bench during a break from the third period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on March 31, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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