Upshall originally signed with St. Louis on a professional tryout two years ago, but has shown the organization enough to keep him around on a year-to-year basis. The 32-year-old saw action in 70 games during the 2015-16 campaign, tallying 14 points and 44 PIM. A bruising winger who likes to dish out hits -- he had 92 of those this past season -- Upshall should be fully recovered from his thumb injury in time for training camp.
Upshall reportedly sustained the ailment while facing the Blackhawks in Game 7 of the conference quarterfinals. The fourth-line forward wound up missing Games 3-5 of the conference finals against the Sharks but returned for the deciding match on May 25 and doled out five hits. Upshall implied that the injury affected his shot. "I was starting to become a passer," he said. "It was my top hand, so it restricted me a bit. Obviously I didn't feel my best puck handling but I got through it. It didn't get any worse, which is good." While it's nice to put some closure on Upshall's postseason injury, fantasy owners probably didn't miss a beat since his offensive upside was severely limited in the first place.
The Blues will be happy to have Upshall back in the lineup for Wednesday's pivotal Game 6, but his return to action shouldn't have any impact on fantasy owners' lineups. The 32-year-old winger has only tallied three points over 16 playoff games this postseason, severely limiting his value in daily contests and playoff pools. Upshall is expected to replace Magnus Paajarvi in St. Louis' lineup Wednesday, skating alongside Kyle Brodziak and Dmitrij Jaskin on the Blues' fourth line.
Upshall (upper body) told reporters he will not be suiting up for Game 5 on Monday against San Jose, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Despite coach Ken Hitchcock saying lineup decisions would wait until after warm-ups, Upshall ruled himself out. Even when healthy, the winger has seen limited action as he is averaging a meager 8:54 of ice time per game in the postseason. Fantasy owners should be more concerned about the whether or not teammates David Backes (undisclosed) and Robby Fabbri (undisclosed) are available than Upshall given his limited value.
Upshall (upper body) will not be available to play the Sharks in Game 4 on Saturday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Blues coach Ken Hitchcock told reporters Saturday that Upshall is "not 100 percent." Even when healthy and playing, Upshall has been restricted to fourth-line duty where it's tough for skaters to produce exciting fantasy numbers. Look for Magnus Paajarvi to remain at the left wing on the fourth line in Game 4.