T.J. Hensick and Chris Porter Return to Peoria in Four Player Swap
20-year-old rookie Stefan Della Rovere has been called up to the NHL for the first time in his career.
St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has recalled forwards Stefan Della Rovere (DEHL-ah ROH-vair) and Dave Scatchard from the Blues’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen. The Blues also assigned forwards T.J. Hensick and Chris Porter to Peoria and placed forward David Perron on injured reserve. Perron has missed 13 games after being injured in the Blues’ 2-0 win over San Jose on November 4 at Scottrade Center.
Della Rovere, 20, has played in 20 games for the Rivermen this season recording seven points on three goals and four assists to go along with 33 penalty minutes. Prior to joining Peoria, the 5’11, 200-pound forward spent four seasons with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) amassing 138 points (65 goals, 73 assists) and 479 penalty minutes in 230 games.
Last season, Della Rovere represented Team Canada at the 2010 World Junior Championships, notching six points (three goals, three assists) in six games en route to earning the Silver Medal. The Richmond Hill, Ontario native was originally drafted by Washington in the seventh round, 204th overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by St. Louis from Washington in exchange for D.J. King on July 28, 2010. He will wear number 19 with the Blues.
Scatchard, 34, has made 23 appearances for Peoria this season registering 11 points on three goals and eight assists to accompany 35 penalty minutes. Last season, the 6’3, 220-pound forward spent majority of his season with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals tallying 30 points (20 goals, 10 assists) and serving 59 penalty minutes in 36 games.
For his career, Scatchard has played 651 games over ten seasons in the NHL including stints with Vancouver, New York Islanders, Boston, Phoenix and Nashville amassing 268 points (128 goals, 140 assists) and 1,034 penalty minutes. The Hinton, Alberta native was originally drafted by Vancouver in the second round, 42nd overall, of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He was signed by St. Louis as a free agent on August 4, 2010. He will wear number 25 with the Blues.
Hensick, 24, appeared in three games during his first recall to the Blues. He recorded an assist and two penalty minutes since he was promoted to the NHL roster on Nov. 16. With Peoria, he was the team’s leading scorer at the time of his recall with 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in just 13 games. In 2009-10, the 5’10, 190-pound forward spent the majority of the year with the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters, leading the team and recording career highs in points (70) and assists (50) while also scoring a career best 20 goals in 58 games played. During his four year professional career, Hensick has accumulated 99 games of NHL experience, all with the Colorado Avalanche, totaling 35 points including 11 goals and 24 assists.
The Lansing, Michigan native was originally drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round, 88th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by St. Louis from Colorado in exchange for Julian Talbot on June 17, 2010.
Porter, 26, spent nine games with the Blues and recorded seven penalty minutes. His nine NHL games are already a career-high for the season and marked the first time since the opening of the 2008-09 campaign that Porter saw time with St. Louis. He has made 14 appearances for the Rivermen this season and collected nine points (four goals, five assists).
Last season, the 6’1, 200-pound forward played in 80 games for Peoria and totaled a career high, 13 goals to go along with 18 assists for 31 points. The Toronto, ON native was originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the ninth round, 282nd overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He was signed as a free agent by St. Louis on August 21, 2007.
Both Hensick and Porter are expected to join the Rivermen for Friday’s game in Hamilton at 6 p.m. CT. Hensick will make his return to Lake Erie on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CT and the Rivermen will return home on Sunday to face the Milwaukee Admirals at 5:05 p.m.