Schwartz will not require surgery for an upper-body injury suffered during the 2018 IIHF World Championship, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic St. Louis reports. With a maximum of two games remaining for Canada, Schwartz may miss the rest of the tournament, but figures to be ready for the start of training camp in the fall. A players sustaining an injury in international competition is one of every team's biggest fears and is part of the reason the NHL decided not to allow its players to take part in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Fortunately for fans and fantasy owners alike, it appears the winger avoided a more serious issue.
Schwartz sustained an undisclosed injury while facing Russia on Thursday, Aaron Vickers of NHL.com reports. The Canadian team eked out a 5-4 overtime win over Russia in this quarterfinals matchup, with Schwartz bagging an apple over 12:54 of ice time before departing with injury upon getting drilled into the boards. One of the Blues' prized forwards, Schwartz is sure to be reevaluated ahead of the next round Saturday.
Schwartz racked up 24 goals and 59 points while notching a plus-15 rating in 62 games. Schwartz missed 20 games in the middle of the season due to a broken foot, marking the second time in three years that he faced an extended absence. The 25-year-old winger recorded the highest points-per-game rate on the team and scored at the highest rate since entering the league -- 24 goals on 157 shots (15.3 percent). Still, it's worrisome that Schwartz could be tagged as injury prone as he approaches his seventh NHL season.
Schwartz tied the game in the third period and won it in overtime, lifting his squad to a 2-1 victory over Boston on Wednesday. It's a shame that Schwartz had to miss 20 games with an ankle injury, because if he hadn't, there's a good chance he'd be in the top 25 in the league in points. He's averaging a point per game for the first time in his career and still has a chance to beat his career high of 63 points.
Schwartz scored his 20th goal of the season while adding two assists, two shots and a plus-3 rating in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Kings. He's one of the few Blues who's been consistently productive lately, and Schwartz now has two goals and seven points in his last six games. The 25-year-old is now one point shy of his fourth career 50-point campaign thanks to his spot on the top line, and even after missing 20 games earlier in the season due to an ankle injury, he still has a shot at matching or topping his career high of 63 points set in 2014-15.
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