St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko skated with his team for the first time Tuesday since being leveled by Colorado Avalanche centre Mark Olver on Feb. 20.
Currently on injured reserve, Tarasenko has scored six goals and six assists in 17 games for the Blues this season and was named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month in January.
An early Calder Trophy candidate, Tarasenko’s momentum this season was halted when Olver drilled his shoulder into the Russian’s chin during an Avalanche victory. He has missed eight games since the incident.
“I don’t talk too much about concussions, but it’s not about skating — there’s a lot of things,” Blues GM Doug Armstrong told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Whether he plays on this home stand, the next two weeks, three weeks, the next month… you’re only creating false hope to your fans by putting a timetable on something that there isn’t a timetable.”
Vlad Tarasenko skating with (entire team) for first time since injury …Andy Mcdonald continues to skate as well #stlblues