Upshall was in the right place at the right time, being the last Blue to touch the puck before the Blackhawks put the puck in their own net. He'll be strictly a fourth-liner for the Blues this season.
Upshall (thumb) will suit up against the Stars on Friday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Upshall played through a broken thumb during the Stanley Cup playoffs but is healthy and ready to go for Friday's preseason outing. Although the winger managed just 14 points last year, he is used in a bottom-six role more for his physical style of play and ability to get under the skin of opposing teams. The 32-year-old tallied 92 hits and 44 PIM last season, but offers minimal fantasy value outside of those categories.
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.