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Blues recall Blais from San Antonio

Tage Thompson has been assigned to the Rampage

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - After being scratched in Thursday's game against the Florida Panthers, the Blues have assigned forward Tage Thompson to the San Antonio Rampage.

Sammy Blais, who performed well in training camp, has been recalled.

"We couldn't be happier with (Thompson) and his potential. We're just extremely excited for what he's going to bring for us," Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo said. "He has all the qualities that we're looking for to be one of those top-two-line offensive powerforwards in the NHL. His shot, his puck control and the way he thinks... there are nothing but positives for Tage right now.

Video: Mike Yeo on assigning Tage Thompson to San Antonio

"When he was in the lineup for us, he wasn't getting the big minutes," Yeo added. "He wasn't playing on the top two lines. We're not trying to develop a third or a fourth-liner with Tage. We want to make sure he gets the reps in the offensive situations he needs."

Blais was one of the Blues' top producers in the preseason, scoring two goals and two assists in seven preseason appearances. In two games for the Rampage, Blais has three goals and one assist.

"Sammy had a tremendous camp," Yeo said. "We knew he wasn't going to get into the lineup in the first game, and you never want young kids sitting around not playing. We felt it would be good for him to go down to the American League, and he looked good in first couple games. (We're) anxious to get him back."

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