After logging one of his healthiest regular seasons in years -- he played in 76 games, his highest total since 2008-09 -- Alexander Steen battled through a broken foot for the final few games of the playoffs. Last season was the veteran's fourth straight of 50-plus points, which is particularly impressive in the context of his annual trips to the injured reserve list. Even at 33 years old, Steen's still a dangerous scorer when he takes the ice, especially on the power play; he's posted 16 or more man-advantage points in each of the last four campaigns as well. Another season of top-six minutes is on tap, and with Brayden Schenn having been added to deepen the Blues' center corps, Steen stands to benefit. Draft him with confidence -- both in another productive season and in the need for a backup option for those occasions when he's sidelined.
Steen suffered a hand injury in Monday's preseason outing and will miss at least three weeks. The team announced that Steen would be re-evaluated in three weeks, which not only rules him out for training camp, but would keep him out for at least the first four games of the season. The Blues were hard hit by injuries last year, although the 33-year-old was relatively healthy and appeared in 76 outings. Even if he misses a few contests at the start of 2017-18, the winger should be capable of recording a fifth straight 50-plus point campaign.
Steen (foot) has resumed skating in training camp, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. This development eases concerns about Steen playing through a broken foot during the playoffs, particularly with consideration to his avoiding surgery to ultimately overcome the malady. The heady veteran is a safe bet for 50-plus points, but also a handful of missed games each season.
Steen will not require surgery on his broken foot, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. A true testament to his heart and dedication, Steen reportedly played through his broken foot during the playoffs, an injury exacerbated by his blocking a shot versus the Predators in Game 4 of the conference semifinals. Considering that the Canadian-born Swede managed to play through the ailment and avoided going under the knife, we can see him being ready for training camp if given ample rest. Of course, Steen is a 12-year veteran, and we wouldn't be concerned even if he's ultimately forced to miss a portion of the preseason.
Steen sustained a broken foot during Game 1 of the first-round series against the Wild, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Rutherford elaborates that Steen's foot broke even further when he blocked a shot during Game 4 against the Predators, leading to his sitting out Game 5. With the Blues' season over following Sunday's loss to Nashville, Steen can turn his attention to getting his foot healed and getting healthy for training camp in the fall. The 33-year-old finished the playoff run with three goals, four assists and 17 shots on net.
Steen (lower body) will be in the lineup for Game 6 against the Predators, Adam Vingan of the Tennessean reports. Despite not participating in pregame line rushes, Steen found his way onto the ice after missing Game 5. With seven points in nine playoff games, he's been a key cog in the Blues' offense this postseason.
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