If you were optimistic T.J. Oshie had recovered from an injured ankle and would be playing soon, here's some news that might burst your bubble. Jeremy Rutherford reports that Oshie has a stress fracture in his ankle and was scheduled to undergo surgery today, April 16th.
It's still unclear when Oshie might return to the lineup, but it's safe to assume that this procedure will keep him out at least a few more games, if not until the end of the regular season on April 27th.
This is extremely discouraging news as the Blues continue to try and find an answer for their offensive woes. Oshie (7 goals, 13 assists) has already missed 11 games in 2013 and looks primed to add to his total before the season concludes. Prior to the news that Oshie will continue to miss time, the Blues announced that prospect Dmitrij Jaskin would make his debut on Tuesday against Vancouver. The hope is that Jaskin might be able to produce the offensive spark the team needs, especially given the latest on Oshie.
Oshie's injury history is quickly becoming pretty cluttered. Though he was able to suit up for 80 games in 2011-12, he has missed considerable time in 2013 as well as 33 games in 2010-11. Oshie's style of play may make him a bit more susceptible to injuries, but it's alarming that this is now the second significant injury to his ankles in just under three years.
Let's hope his ankles aren't a future concern and that the procedure was minor enough that he's able to make an impact before we close the book on 2013.
This is one of those things that seems oddly obvious in retrospect. Certainly, bruises from blocking shots are painful, even at the teenage amateur/casual level, but the way this lingered makes a lot more sense now that we know what the issue was. Like you said, hopefully Oshie can recover quickly and still make an impact on the rest of the season, but when you start talking about surgery on something like this, that's going to be something of an open question.