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Jori Lehtera placed on injured reserve by St. Louis

15 May 2016: St. Louis Blues center Jori Lehtera (12) is congratulated by teammates after scoring the winning goal in the second period during a NHL Western Conference Final Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs between the San Jose Sharks and the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. (Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire)
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St. Louis Blues have placed forward Jori Lehtera on the injured reserve after the Finn suffered an upper body injury during Saturday’s game against the New York Rangers.

General manager Doug Armstrong confirmed the move in a short statement on Wednesday.

In three games for the Blues this season, Lehtera is yet to register a point but has registered five shots on goal and one hit.

Selected in the third round (65th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by St. Louis, the 28-year-old has featured in 157 career NHL games to date, scoring 23 goals and 78 points. He has added a further three goals and 11 points in 25 playoff games.

Lehtera represented Team Finland at the recent World Cup of Hockey, recording two shots on goal in three games. He was also a member of the national side which won bronze at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and picked up a silver medal at the 2014 IIHF World Championships.

The Helsinki native had a seven game spell with the AHL Peoria Rivermen in 2008/09, but spent much of his pro career in Europe before finally joining up with the Blues in 2014.

He won the Veli-Pekka Ketola Trophy as the SM-Liiga’s top scorer and Lasse Oksanen Award as the regular seasons best player in 2009-10, also picking up silver (2007) and bronze (2008) medals during his time with Tappara before making the switch to the KHL in 2010.

Initially joining Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, Lehtera went on to spent three seasons with Sibiu Novosibirsk before making the jump to the NHL.

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