ST. LOUIS — A day after he was skating and hopeful of a return, St. Louis Blues winger T.J. Oshie had surgery on his left ankle Tuesday and is out on a week-to-week basis.
Originally placed on injured reserve April 2, Oshie has missed eight games and now will miss more. He underwent what the team described as a "successful surgical procedure" on his left ankle performed by Dr. Jeffery Johnson, Dr. Jeremy McCormick and Dr. Rick Wright at the Washington University Orthopedic Center in St. Louis.
The 26-year-old Oshie has seven goals and 20 points in 30 games. He missed three games in March with bruised ribs.
On Monday, Oshie seemed fairly close to returning.
"I'd say today was probably the best day I've had yet, so we've got to see how I feel a couple hours from now and tomorrow morning and just go from there," he said then. "I definitely want to get in there and score some goals and create some havoc."
Also on Monday, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said "he was better today; today was his best day."
Oshie missed 31 games during the 2010-11 season after undergoing surgery on the same left ankle. He also had prior ankle issues in the 2008-09 season, missing 13 games, but played in 80 games last season.
In other Blues news, Russian rookie winger Dmitrij Jaskin is scheduled to make his NHL debut Tuesday night against the Vancouver Canucks.
Jaskin, 20, had 46 goals and 99 points in 51 games this season with Moncton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Tuesday marked the ninth game since the Blues made the first of two trades that reshaped their defensive foundation.
First they added veteran defenseman Jordan Leopold in a trade, then traded for veteran blueliner in Jay Bouwmeester. Bouwmeester has played in one less game, but has three assists while Leopold is still looking for his first point with the Blues.
"It's been a pretty seamless transition," said Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who has been paired with Leopold while Bouwmeester jumped into a spot on the top defense pairing with Alex Pietrangelo.
"Obviously the first couple games playing with those guys there's an adjustment for them to make," Shattenkirk said. "I feel very comfortable out there with Leo, I think we get better and better every game. The same thing with Alex and Jay. Once you get a feel for everybody's tendencies it makes everything a lot easier."
Fixing the leaks
Hitchcock believes if his team improves its 5-on-5, an improvement on the power play will follow.
"We've got a lot of points because we're good 5 on-5 and we're good killing penalties," Hitchcock said. "The extension of 5-on-5 play is we've just got to do a good job of going into the hard areas to score. We've got to be in there with bodies, we've got to be in there with pucks."