The St. Louis Blues are getting healthy for the playoff push. Jordan Leopold is reportedly close to being able to join the team, and the veteran defenseman could be ready to go by the end of next week. That’s outstanding news for a team that continues to get stronger as the postseason draws near.
Hitch said Leopold is “probably at 85 percent” & there’s the hope of him playing by end of the road trip or homestand next week. #stlblues
— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) March 6, 2014
St. Louis has been without Leopold’s services since February 8. He was injured in that contest, hurting his ankle while only skating for 2:43 in the game. The Blues have utilized the veteran defenseman frequently with Kevin Shattenkirk according to Dobber’s Frozen Pool, so getting him back into action essentially gives them a top-four defender following the deadline.
Leopold averages more than 15 minutes of ice time a night and is capable of chipping in on the offensive side of things from time to time. Just three seasons ago he cracked the 30-point barrier with the Buffalo Sabres, and was a strong addition tot he team prior to the deadline last year.
He made a strong enough impression on the front office to earn a two-year extension over the summer, but has only appeared in 24 games this season for St. Louis.
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