Friday, February 24, 2012

Concussion-Like Symptoms for Russell

According to the team, St. Louis Blues defenseman Kris Russell left last night's game against the Nashville Predators with an injury, which has included some concussion-like symptoms.  As we are seeing more and more lately, even with the description of concussion-like symptoms, teams are still following the protocol for concussions, which likely means that Russell will be out of the line-up for at least a week, but it hasn't been determined how long he'll actually be out.

In response to the injury, the Blues have recalled defenseman Ian Cole to fill in the gaps, as he has been recognized as the next defenseman in line for ice-time with the big club this season.

Between Columbus and St. Louis this season, Russell has played in 48 games, scoring 5 goals and adding 4 assists.  These haven't been fantastic offensive numbers for the young defenseman, but since moving to the Blues organization, his game and his minutes have picked up and he has become more of an everyday defenseman.  With this kind of growth in his game, the offensive portion will come along with it.

Unfortunately, he has now been tainted with the brush of concussions, so there is a little bit more risk in selecting him for your hockey pool team.

ImplicationsThis hasn't been the best season to have taken Russell, as he is slowly rounding into his game, but Darren S. took a shot with him this year. For Darren's team, Russell's struggles have just been a drop in a fairly large bucket, which has weighed down the team, keeping it in last place since Week Six.

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