St. Louis Blues veteran forward Patrik Berglund re-injured a previous shoulder injury during informal preseason workouts in his native Sweden and will undergo surgery Friday expected to keep him out for at least four months.
“He came here to see our doctor and rehab it,” Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong said. “It wasn’t getting any better, so surgery was necessary. We’re looking at him being back some time in early January, so it’s going to open up some opportunities for our younger players.”
Armstrong said the problem area was a previous shoulder injury that Berglund and the team had dealt with before.
“He hurt it two years ago and rehabbed it over the summer and it was fine,” Armstrong said. “He had one episode with it last year and only missed a couple games and it was fine.”
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Dr. Rick Wright of Barnes-Jewish Hospital will perform the surgery with Berglund scheduled to be re-evaluated in four months.
“Something happened when he was training and Patrik understood it was serious and came back to St. Louis right away,” Armstrong said. “It’s just something we have to deal with.”
The 27-year-old forward, who has played both center and wing for the Blues, had 12 goals and 27 points in 77 games last season. He also notched two goals and four points in six playoff games against the Minnesota Wild.
Even before Berglund’s injury the Blues were already without impressive young center Jori Lehtera, who underwent ankle surgery in early August expected to keep him sidelined from six to eight weeks.
The Blues have other forward options, but most are of the younger variety. Dmitrij Jaskin and Ty Rattie both saw action at the NHL level last season, while the Blues are also high on former No. 1 draft pick Robby Fabbri and forward prospect Ivan Barbashev.
The Blues also confirmed Thursday that veteran forward Scott Gomez , 35,will be in training camp on a tryout basis. The former first-round draft pick and Calder Trophy winner as NHL Rookie of the Year had seven goals and 34 points in 58 games last season with the New Jersey Devils.