Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sobotka to miss at least two weeks with injured ankle

By Andrew Allsman| Posted: December 13th, 2011| Contact 

The injuries keep coming for the Blues, and like many times before, it hits them hard.

The Blues announced today that forward Vladimir Sobotka is being placed on the IR with a left ankle injury, and it couldn't have happened at a worst time for the Russian forward.

Sobotka took a shot off his left ankle in practice on Monday, and was evaluated today.  The Blues claim its not broken, and he will be re-evaluated in 2 weeks time.

A similar injury occurred with Blues defenseman Kent Huskins earlier in the year, and it also was believed to not be broken, but upon returning to practice there were difficulties and he isn't expected to return until January (at least) due to a fractured ankle.

Sobotka has been playing his best hockey of late, and has 2 goals and 8 assists already this season.  His numbers aren't exactly magnificent, but his play of late has been.

Sobotka has made his teammates look so much better and has helped to solidify the forward lines for the Blues.

If the Blues choose to call up a forward from Peoria (they'd be crazy not to), it will likely be Evgeny Grachev who was recently sent down due to Perron's return.  Grachev has spent the majority of the year with the Blues, and after getting off to a decent start, he was sent to Peoria.

How does Sobotka's injury affect the Blues?

In all honesty, this is a huge blow for the Blues.  As I stated above, Sobotka has been a key part of the Blues "hot streak" and losing him could slow down their already "mediocre" offense.

Due to Sobotka's play, Hitchcock has been able to mix and match lines as he pleases, and use Sobotka to bring players temporarily back to life (Stewart).

I'm not saying the Blues cant win without Sobotka, but it definitely impairs the offense and with some difficult games coming up for the Blues it creates a pretty big obstacle, but I've learned to not doubt the boys in Blue as of late.