ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced Friday the club has activated forward Alexander Steen
from injured reserve. Steen will be in the lineup when the Blues host Anaheim on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Steen, 29, posted a career-high tying 24 goals and 38 points overall in 35 appearances this season before missing the last 11 games with a concussion. The 6-foot, 212-pound forward still shares fifth league-wide in goals, while his six game-winning goals are tied for third most.
"I think we're going to play him as much as he can handle," Ken Hitchcock said after Friday's practice. "Hopefully he can get up to speed right away and play the minutes that he did before and contribute the way he did before because he was a huge impact player for us."
Currently in his ninth NHL season and sixth as a Blue, Steen has totaled 341 points including 147 goals and 194 assists to go along with 248 penalty minutes in 572 career games.
The Winnipeg, Manitoba native and Swedish international was recently named to Team Sweden for the 2014 Olympics along with teammate Patrik Berglund.
Steen was originally acquired by the Blues from Toronto via trade in 2008, and recently signed a three-year extension with the club to last through the 2016-17 season.