Friday, August 19, 2016

World Cup Player Notes (Aug 19)

The shoulder injury/surgery that Alexander Steen has been recovering from will keep him from playing in the World Cup of Hockey for Sweden next month and it was made official with the announcement that Anaheim Ducks forward Rickard Rakell will take his spot on the team.

Steen underwent his surgery after the Blues were bounced from the playoffs, back in June, and his recovery time was going to be in the 3-to-4 months range, which may also force him to miss some time around training camp as well.  Steen is trying to be ready for the start of the regular season and to do so, he would need a little bit more time on the shelf.

The 23-year old Rakell had finished his second full season with the Ducks and he has been a solid contributor in those two full seasons, in the 2016 season he finished with 43 points in 72 games.  He is currently a restricted free agent, but all RFA's will be eligible to play, thanks to the agreement for insurance on those players.

With the tournament set to get started less than a month from now, it will soon be time to start thinking about camps and then the draft pool, which will be set to go on September 11th.

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