Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues' Sanford Injured First Day of Camp

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues' Sanford Injured First Day of Camp

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Coach Mike Yeo was happy to see his full complement of 51 healthy players on the ice Friday for the start of Blues camp. But that didn't last long.

Less than a half hour into the day's second session, Zach Sanford left with what appeared to be a left shoulder injury. Sanford was checked behind and to the right of goalie Carter Hutton by fellow forward Dimitrij Jaskin, crashing awkwardly into the boards.

Skating with the B group, which started their work at 11:30 a.m., Sanford was down for a couple of minutes, monitored by team medical personnel. He then left the ice and wasn't seen the rest of practice at the Ice Zone in Hazelwood.

"I think we all saw him go into the boards there and he was pretty uncomfortable," Yeo said. "Don't have much of an update right now. But he was certainly in some discomfort."

There was nothing heavy-handed or mean-spirited about Jaskin's hit. It just looked like regular hockey, with a painful result.

Sanford and Jaskin are jockeying for a final roster spot on the third or fourth line. After Sanford's injury, Jaskin replaced him on a line that included Vladimir Sobotka at center and Jordan Kyrou on right wing.

Sanford, 22, was acquired in the Kevin Shattenkirk trade with Washington on Feb. 27, scoring two goals with three assists in 13 regular-season games with the Blues.

'GOOD FIRST STEP'

With several hundred fans in attendance, Yeo's first training camp as Blues head coach got underway with local NASCAR star Rusty Wallace, Blues mascot Louie, and a golden retriever in attendance. The dog barked a few times during Friday's first session, apparently in approval of the start of hockey season.

As for the actual players on the ice ...

"Probably the first group was maybe a little sharper than the second," Yeo said. "But I think for what we wanted to accomplish today as far as getting some of our systems working and just sort of those first glimpses of getting the guys back in the battle and seeing what they can do against their competition, it's a good first step. …

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