Blues recall Sammy Blais

Washington Capitals' Lars Eller (20), of Denmark, reaches for the puck with St. Louis Blues' Sammy Blais (64) during the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)
AP Photo/Bill Boyce

The St. Louis Blues have recalled winger Sammy Blais from the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage, the team formally announced on Friday. In a corresponding move, the club assigned fellow forward Tage Thompson to the same AHL affiliate.

Blais, a 21-year-old winger, has gotten off to a hot start to the season, netting three goals and one assist over his first two games with the Rampage. He was originally the Blues’ sixth-round pick from the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Thompson, the first-round pick from the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, posted a minus-3 plus/minus rating over the first four games of the season, earning a little more than 10 minutes of ice time per outing. After being selected at No. 26 overall, Thompson split time between the UConn Huskies and Chicago Wolves that season. With the collegiate program, he posted 19 goals and 13 assists over 32 games and with the AHL representative, generated one goal and one assist over 16 contests. Thompson will get a demotion from the NHL roster, but head coach Mike Yeo has high hopes for the former first-rounder.

While the Chicago Blackhawks and their league-leading 23 goals to start the season have been the hot topic in the Western Conference’s Central Division, the Blues own the best record through the first week of the season. St. Louis suffered its first loss of the season on Wednesday to the Florida Panthers, 5-2, after reeling off four straight wins to open the campaign. That stretch included defeating the back-to-back Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the team’s season opener, which came on the road.

The Blues are back in action Saturday to face the Lightning in Tampa Bay.

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