The time has arrived for Blues’ Perunovich

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Blues prospect Jakub Dobes stretches out to block a shot from Scott Perunovich (47) during the prospect scrimmage on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at the Blues Prospect Camp in the Enterprise Center. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

Colter Peterson

Jim Thomas

Scott Perunovich had an assist and was plus-1 for Minnesota Duluth in the Bulldogs’ 6-1 college hockey victory over St. Cloud State way back on March 7, 2020.

As it turned out, that was the last hockey game Perunovich would play for 18 months and counting.

The coronavirus pandemic wiped out the remainder of that season. And then came a left shoulder injury and subsequent surgery that ended his 2020-21 campaign in the Blues’ organization after just a few weeks of practice.

But now, the shoulder is fine, another season is at hand, and the prized defenseman is just days away from finally playing another game. He’s part of the Blues’ squad that will participate in the NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, Mich. Their first game takes place Friday at 2 p.m. (Central) against the Toronto Maple Leafs prospects.

“Yeah, I’m definitely looking forward to it,” Perunovich told reporters Tuesday after a morning prospects practice at Centene Community Ice Center in Maryland Heights. “We got a good group going out to Traverse, too, so it should be fun.”

Blues brass is equally excited about his return to action. After accomplishing just about everything possible on the college…

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