The 27-year-old will make his season debut for the Blues (23-13-4, 50 points) against the Toronto Maple Leafs (14-15-7, 35 points) at Air Canada Centre after offseason surgery on his right shoulder.
“It was hard because I had a really good offseason, I worked really hard, got stronger and I was just ready to play and started skating and I hurt myself again,” Berglund told the team’s website. “The decision was made to have surgery. It was really tough. I knew right away I was going to be out for a long time.”
A first-round draft pick (No. 25 overall) by the Blues in 2006, Berglund has 247 points (118 goals, 129 assists) and is a plus-21 in 513 career regular-season games. He has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 29 career playoff games.
Berglund had 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) in 77 regular-season games last season but then had four points (two goals, two assists) during the Blues’ six-game playoff series against the Minnesota Wild.
“The injury actually happened two seasons ago and he trained with it all last year and got through it — the missed one game with it,” Blues GM Doug Armstrong told the team’s website. “I thought he was just gonna be able to continually rehab it and strengthen it and it went out a couple times over the summer. He came back here in July and our feeling was, let’s just get it fixed once and for all.”
Berglund hasn’t been a difference-maker offensively for the Blues for a few seasons, but he figures to help a team that currently ranks 22nd in the NHL in goals per game (2.5). The Blues are second in the Central Division but have lost two of their last three games.