With the Blues carrying only 12 healthy forwards due to the placement of Martin Havlat onto unconditional waivers, it was expected that the Blues make a call-up.
It just wasn't the call-up that many expected. From the Blues' press release:
St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General ManagerDoug Armstrong announced today the club has recalled forward Jeremy Welsh from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.
Welsh, 27, was originally signed by the Blues as a free agent on July 21, 2014 and is currently in his second season with the Wolves. This year, he has appeared in 11 games, posting eight points (five goals, three assists) and 11 penalty minutes.
The 6’3, 215-pound forward has dressed in 25 career NHL games, including stints with Carolina and Vancouver, recording two points (one goal, one assist) and 10 penalty minutes.
Why Welsh over Rattie? Perhaps the Blues feel that the Wolves' leading scorer would do better with playing time and getting some minutes every night. The only way that Welsh gets time is if Ryan Reaves is sat or another injury happens, and after last night's disastrous showing in Nashville, I doubt Reaves is benched against the Jets.