DETROIT - Blues forward Jaden Schwartz joined his teammates on the ice for Wednesday’s practice at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
It marked the first time Schwartz practiced with the team since he sustained a fractured ankle on Oct. 23. His injury required surgery and he was to be re-evaluated in 12 weeks.
“Getting players back gives you depth so we’re not counting on the same two or three guys. That’s what we’re hoping for,” Hitchcock said of injured players getting closer to making a return. Magnus Paajarvi also skated on Wednesday, while Carl Gunnarsson will return to the lineup after missing four games with an upper-body injury. “We’ve managed a very challenging season really well. We can’t have the attitude that 'now they’ve come back, they can do the job now, our work is over.' They’re just going to get added to the mix.”
"It’s nice," Gunnarsson said. "Having a tough stretch with injuries, it’s good to see the guys back on the ice right now."
Hitchcock wouldn’t speculate on when Schwartz would return, but the fact that he’s traveling with the team to practice on the current road trip is encouraging.
Schwartz has posted four assists and a plus-4 rating in seven games this season.