St. Louis Blues defenseman Marco Scandella will be out for at least the next six months after successfully undergoing right hip surgery.
Scandella reportedly got injured at the end of August while training for the upcoming 2022-23 season. The current schedule calls for him to return at the end of March at the earliest, so he’ll likely play around 10 regular-season games, and possibly some playoff games if the Blues qualify this year. Scandella also suffered a lower body injury during various parts of the second half of the 2021-22 season and struggled to have a fully healthy season for the past few years.
Injury is probably the last thing Scandella needed right now, as he hoped to bounce back from a forgettable 2021-22 campaign. Along with dealing with regular season and playoff injuries, his on-ice game wasn’t what he hoped for, with three goals, 11 assists and 14 points in 70 games despite playing for one. of the best attacks in the league. last season.
Where he really struggled was on the defensive end of the puck, where he’s needed for the Blues. He slumped at even strength, with a shot attempt share of 44.81% and an expected goal share of 46.73%, although that’s something the Blues as a whole have dealt with in 2021- 22, with the team finishing the year with 47.98% and 48.6% in those respective stats.
The Blues will still have viable options on the back end this season, even without Scandella for the majority of the year. Along with high-end defenders Colton Parayko, Justin Faulk and Torey Krug, they have re-signed trade delay acquisition Nick Leddy on a four-year deal with a $4 million cap, and will also have Niko Mikkola and Robert Bortuzzo to complete. the blue line of the season.