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Blues send rookie Thompson to San Antonio

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St. Louis Blues center Tage Thompson puts on the brakes during a game between the St. Louis Blues and Montreal Canadiens at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Tuesday Jan. 30, 2018. Photo by Austin Steele,

The Blues have assigned rookie forward Tage Thompson to San Antonio of the American Hockey League.

Thompson has been a scratch in four of the Blues' past five games, with coach Mike Yeo saying before the last three that Thompson was "dinged up" although not specifying the injury. Even so, Thompson had continued to practice with the team.

Earlier this month, when Thompson was a healthy scratch Feb. 6 against Minnesota, Yeo indicated that Thompson had things he needed to work on in his game.

"When he's on top of his game, he's playing with more pace, he's getting to the offensive zone," Yeo said at the time. "And it seems like he hasn't been able to get to that type of game.

"His hands show up in certain areas. His skill shows up in certain areas, but a lot of times right now it's with his feet planted. He beats a guy, but then if you're not moving your feet then you're gonna be forced to try and beat the guy again."

Thompson has three goals and three assists in 24 games with the Blues.

He was a first-round pick (26th overall) by the Blues in the 2016 NHL entry draft.

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