Robert Thomas of the St. Louis Blues injured in the lower body

St. Louis Blues head coach Craig Berube confirmed on Monday that center Robert Thomas will be out on a daily basis with a lower-body injury he suffered in the 5-4 win in overtime Sunday against the Florida Panthers. Thomas did not play in the last five minutes of the match, nor in overtime. He will miss Monday’s game against the Dallas Stars. The Blues recalled prospect Jake Neighbors from AHL Springfield to replace him.

Thomas currently leads the Blues with 19 points in 21 games. Head Coach Craig Berube said, “It’s definitely a huge loss. For a guy who probably has the most puck possession on the team every night, has a lot of pucks and does good things with them, guys are going to have to dig in and help out. But we have enough guys to handle that and get the job done.

Last season, Thomas recorded a career-high 77 points (20 goals, 57 assists) in 72 games with the Blues. Which earned him a major extension and saw him sign an 8-year, $65 million deal in May. The Aurora, Ont., native was selected 20th overall by the Blues in the 2017 NHL Draft after recording one point per game in the OHL with the London Knights. In 2017-18, Thomas was dealt by the Knights to the Hamilton Bulldogs where he helped lead them to an OHL championship, his second in just two years. Thomas had 32 points in 21 games and received the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as the OHL’s playoff MVP.

In five seasons with the Blues so far, he has 183 points (46 goals, 137 assists) in 262 games. In 2018-19, Thomas scored six points in 21 playoff games to help the Blues win the Stanley Cup in his first NHL season.

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