This is certainly not the rookie season Scott Perunovich was hoping for. The St. Louis Blues defenseman will undergo shoulder surgery tomorrow and is out for the remainder of the 2020-21 season. He is expected to be healthy and ready for the 2021-22 season.
It’s brutal news for the 2020 Hobey Baker Award winner, who ended up signing a two-year entry-level contract in July after three years at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Selected 45th overall in 2018, the 22-year-old defenseman has huge offensive upside and was expected to challenge for a spot on the Blues roster right away. Instead, he won’t even play his first professional game until next season.
Perunovich seemed to be on the verge of recovery when he was moved to the minors last month and then recalled to the taxi squad, but it appears as though the decision has been made for surgery over rehab. He’ll be in the mix for a job next season, though with the crowded blue line in St. Louis, it won’t be an easy task to crack the NHL roster.