St. Louis Blues defenseman Scott Perunovich needs shoulder surgery, out for at least six months


St. Louis Blues president of hockey operations and general manager Doug Armstrong announced Tuesday that defenseman Scott Perunovich is scheduled to undergo shoulder surgery to repair a broken left shoulder he suffered on Sept. 27. against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Perunovich was selected 45th overall by the Blues in the 2018 NHL Draft. After a successful NCAA campaign with the University of Minnesota-Duluth, he moved on to the NHL. He made his debut on November 18 against the San Jose Sharks and collected his first NHL assist. Perunovich played a total of 19 games, recording six points.

Blues head coach Craig Berube was asked about Perunovich’s status following the injury against the Blackhawks. « You feel bad for him, » Berube said. “He struggled with injuries. He worked hard all summer and was ready to come and prove himself. It’s an unfortunate thing.

The 24-year-old suffered a torn left labrum which sidelined him for most of the season last year. However, after successful surgery and recovery, he was able to return for the Blues playoffs, collecting four assists in seven games. Perunovich, a talented puck-moving defenseman, impressed a lot during his short stints with the Blues. When he returns, he will still have a chance to crack their regular roster.

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