Monday, August 27, 2012

Pietrangelo opts for 'minor surgery'.

By Andrew Allsman| Posted: August 27th, 2012| Contact  |

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo has decided to undergo a minor operation on a lower-body injury. The procedure is expected to happen in the near future.

The 22-year old defenseman was forced to sit for game two of the Western Conference semi-finals due to a 'lower-body' injury inflicted by a hit from Los Angeles Kings forward, Dwight King. It became known after the playoffs that the injury was a sprained knee and that surgery would not be need to correct the issue. It is not known whether or not this surgery is of any correlation to the sprained knee.

Pietrangelo is coming off of his second full season with the Blues, and has become their top defenseman, as well as one of the best young defensemen in the National Hockey League. Pietrangelo had 51 points (12 goals, 39 assists) in his most recent campaign.

The surgery is not expected to keep Pietrangelo from participating in training camp, which is scheduled to start on September 21.