Blues place Brodziak on IR, recall top prospect Barbashev from minors

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The St. Louis Blues got some tough news ahead of tonight’s game against the Wild, as forward Kyle Brodziak has been placed on injured reserve because of a right foot injury.

According to GM Doug Armstrong, Brodziak will be re-evaluated in five weeks.

The 32-year-old has six goals, four assists, a minus-2 rating and 27 penalty minutes while averaging just over 10 minutes of ice time in 47 games this season.

In a corresponding move, the Blues have recalled forward Ivan Barbashev from AHL Chicago.

St. Louis selected Barbashev in the second round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The 21-year-old hasn’t suited up in an NHL game yet, but that will change very soon.

The rookie has put together a fine season in the minors. He has 19 goals and 37 points in 44 games with the Blues’ AHL affiliate.

“Everybody thinks about Russians, ‘Guys that toe drag everybody and shoot it 100 mph,’” assistant GM Martin Brodeur told the St. Louis Dispatch back in September. “He’s more of a complete player. He’s definitely got a lot of skill, but he’s feisty.”

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