St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced tonight that forward Sammy Blais (BLAY) will undergo surgery on his right wrist. He suffered the injury during the Blues’ 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Charles Goldfarb of Washington University Orthopedics and Blais will be re-evaluated in 10 weeks. In addition, Armstrong announced the Blues have signed forward Troy Brouwer to a one-year, two-way contract worth $750,000.
Blais, 23, is currently in his third season with the Blues after the team drafted him in the sixth round, 176th overall, of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. This season, 6’2, 205-pound forward has appeared in 20 games, posting eight points (five goals, three assists) and 10 penalty minutes. Overall, the Montmagny, Quebec, native has accrued 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) and 22 penalty minutes in 63 career regular-season games with the Blues. During the 2019 postseason, Blais tallied a goal and two assists in 15 games, helping the Blues capture the Stanley Cup Championship.
Brouwer, 34, was originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the seventh round, 214th overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Last season, the 6’3, 213-pound forward dressed in 75 regular-season games with the Florida Panthers, posting 21 points (12 goals, nine assists) and 47 penalty minutes. The Vancouver, B.C., native is a veteran of 13 NHL seasons, including his 2015-16 campaign with the Blues, when he helped the team reach the Western Conference Finals. Overall, Brouwer has amassed 362 points (181 goals, 181 assists) and 588 penalty minutes in 838 career regular-season games. He has also appeared in 102 career postseason games and captured the 2010 Stanley Cup Championship with the Blackhawks.