Friday, September 30, 2016

Blues' Schwartz Starts on the Shelf

The injury prone list is now beckoning for St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz, who will now start the 2017 regular season on the shelf, thanks to an elbow injury he suffered in camp this week. Schwartz left practice early on Thursday and it was on Friday morning that the diagnosis came in from the team, that one of their prized forwards will miss the next four weeks worth of action with the ailment.

In the 2016 season, Schwartz was limited to only 33 games, thanks to injury, but there was no denying that his scoring touch was there, as he was still able to post 22 points in that time.

The initial projections for Schwartz this season were in the 70-point range, but three weeks or so away from the team is going to take a chunk out of that number.  Right now, I am thinking about 55 points, as it was a bit of a slow restart when he returned from injury last time.  He's certainly going to be better than a few players that you could take in the late rounds of the draft, but there's nothing worse than seeing zeroes on your team page for the first few weeks.

I have bumped up a few players in their projections, thanks to the added spot on the team's top line.  I like kids like Robby Fabbri to maybe pick up a few extra points, maybe even Ty Rattie, trying to make his mark on the club, finally.
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