Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Steen Gets Back in the Lineup

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Steen Gets Back in the Lineup

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Rehab has become second nature to Blues forward Alexander Steen. Two seasons ago he spent the offseason working his way back from a shoulder injury. Last season, he broke his foot in the playoffs and spent the summer getting ready to come back from that. And then, in the Blues' first preseason game, he got whacked on the left hand by Dallas' Antoine Roussel and suffered a broken wrist.

On Wednesday night, he made his first real appearance of the 2017-18 season.

"It was unfortunate," he said. "I was a little frustrated after the game, but it's part of the game, injuries. Now I'm back, so it's good. It's been obviously a hand so I was able to work, skate, and keep my conditioning up, so that stuff's been good. Other than that, it's been a waiting game, which is a little frustrating. Patience, patience."

Blues coach Mike Yeo slotted Steen, in just his second game of any kind this season, into a spot on the team's top line, along with Paul Stastny and Vladimir Tarasenko, and on the second power-play unit, though he moved up to the first unit when Jaden Schwartz briefly left the game. Sammy Blais played on the second line with Schwartz and Brayden Schenn while Vladimir Sobotka dropped down to the third line and Dmitrij Jaskin was on the fourth line. Both Sobotka and Jaskin have spent time on one of the top two lines earlier this season.

"We've been waiting for this for a little while," Yeo said. "Conditioning wise, his work ethic has been outstanding. He impacts our game in a lot of different ways. His leadership will be big for us. He's one of our more vocal players, especially in certain situations when you need that voice and, more importantly, you need someone to go out and show the way. And obviously it gives you an opportunity to shuffle some things around. It gives you a guy that's proven offensively through the years. When you add a piece up there, you obviously get stronger through the rest of your lineup as well."

The Blues already got some payback for Steen. …

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