The last time the Blues made a move after a loss to Minnesota there was a coaching change. This time, it’s not as serious. TJ Oshie has been listed as day-to-day with a wrist injury and the Blues have recalled winger Brett Sterling up from the Peoria Rivermen. I didn’t notice Oshie out for any amount of time last night, but when I went back through the stat sheets, Oshie did not play a shift in the last 5 minutes of the first period. There were no penalties in the first period so it’s not because of a penalty kill or anything like that, the only other thing that would make sense would be the wrist injury that he suffered.
Sterling, who signed with the Blues as a free agent this past offseason, has been tearing it up once again in the AHL. Sterling is an AHL veteran and a stud at that. In his 6 AHL seasons he has played for 3 different teams: Chicago Wolves, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and has spent this year in Peoria with a 12-10-22 scoring line which is good for second in the AHL, behind linemate TJ Hensick who has 25. Other than that Peoria has been a team struggling defensively giving up 59 goals which is one of the worst in the league.
Sterling spent his college career at Colorado College who is being led by current Blues prospect Jaden Schwartz. In his 4 years at CC he played 151 games for the Tigers and put up great numbers with seasons of 38,28,63,and 55 points. He was drafted in the 5th round of the 2003 draft by the Atlanta Thrashers and that’s where he first broke into the league. After putting up a 97 point season in his rookie season with the Wolves, which was good for 4th in the AHL, he made his first appearance in the NHL the following season with the Thrashers. In 19 games with Atlanta he scored twice and assisted on 2 others. Last season he played in 7 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins as well putting up a very good 3-2-5 line in those 7 games.
If Oshie cant go on Tuesday, Sterling should get the call and the LA native would take on the Kings at Scottrade Center in his first game as a Blue. Those of you calling for Jonathon Cheechoo to get the call instead of Sterling, stop. Cheechoo’s career is done unless he can team back up with Marleau and Thornton.