St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz suffered a left elbow injury at practice on Thursday and the club announced Friday that he will miss at least four weeks.
The 24-year-old Schwartz missed 49 games last season after being sidelined by another practice injury. He suffered a fractured left ankle at an Oct. 23 practice session.
He had eight goals and 22 points in 33 regular-season games last season, then helped the Blues reach the Western Conference final by scoring four goals and 14 points in 20 playoff contests.
During the summer Schwartz and the Blues agreed on a five-year, $26.75 million contract extension.
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The 14th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft has 70 goals and 157 points in 240 career regular season games .Schwartz also has six goals and 21 points in 38 playoff games.
Schwartz’s injury, which will be reevaluated in four weeks, leaves the Blues a bit thin at forward as they reach the finishing stages of training camp. Robby Fabbri is out with an upper-body injury and earlier this week a player the Blues were counting on, veteran forward Vladimir Sobotka, announced he would stay in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) rather than return to play for St. Louis.
The Blues open the regular season Oct. 12 on the road against the Chicago Blackhawks, then return home to face the Minnesota Wild on Oct. 13.