The St. Louis Blues have not had a bunch of luck on the injury front in 2021. Despite all these claims that things would be better for society when the calendar turned, 2021 has had just as many problems as its predecessor.
Now, the team announced Scott Perunovich will miss the rest of 2021 due to needing a shoulder surgery. While the team is out in Arizona to play the Coyotes for the 125th time in a row, Perunovich will be in St. Louis to have his surgery on Friday, February 12.
The odd part of this is there was never any news of any injury. So, it’s a question of whether something happened in practice or during the preseason or whether this was a nagging injury that Perunovich never saw to while he was in college.
The Post-Dispatch article does phrase it in terms of Perunovich being kept on the taxi squad to practice and rehab. Maybe the team has known about this for awhile and just hoped surgery would not be needed.
The worrying thing is we have gone down this road before. Patrik Berglund tried to rehab a shoulder injury and then had surgery in 2015, keeping him out of 40 games. He had another shoulder surgery in 2017, missing 25 games.
Vladimir Tarasenko is the latest Blues player with shoulder problems. He had surgery, came back and almost immediately injured the same shoulder. Afterward, we were told the surgery did not take, which is never a good sign.
Now, there is worry that a shoulder problem could derail a promising career before it even starts. Perunovich was highly touted coming out of college, racking up several awards, and many thought he could be the next version of Vince Dunn and hopefully better.
The word is that he will be ready in time for 2021-22. We have also heard that song before.
So, 2020-21 has not been a great time for Perunovich. He has his college career ended without a championship repeat attempt, loses a year of development without an AHL season and now has to rehab a shoulder surgery.
Let us hope the surgery takes and this is all a blip.