No NHL debut for Jaden Schwartz tonight

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Jaden Schwartz experienced the first day of the rest of his NHL life at the United Center on Tuesday. The newest member of the Blues, who was playing college hockey three days ago, skated through his first professional practice.

The tempo certainly was a little more rapid than what he was accustomed to at Colorado College. Afterward, Schwartz looked like he had run a marathon. But he enjoyed every sweaty second.

“You’re definitely pretty nervous,” said Schwartz, the team’s No. 1 pick in the 2010 NHL draft. “I was excited but obviously really nervous. So I tried to control that as best I could and tried to have fun with it.”

Schwartz will not be in the lineup tonight when the Blues play the Blackhawks and coach Ken Hitchcock wasn’t sure when the 19-year old — who signed with the team on Monday — might make his debut. But Hitchcock indicated it would be sooner rather than later. He thought Schwartz looked comfortable.

“He’s a pretty confident guy,” Hitchcock said. “I guess when it’s his turn to play he’ll be nervous a little bit. But I think the one thing is, he’s comfortable around the guys. It’s not like he’s walking in new here. He’s been around the organization a little bit at various levels. He knows management, knows some of the players, so I think he’s comfortable there.”

Schwartz is likely to play on the current Blues swing, which takes the team to Carolina for a Thursday game and Tampa Bay for a Saturday game before it returns home.

“You can’t have enough good players at this time and I think with the style of game he plays, with him being such a confident 200-foot player … you never know,” Hitchcock added. “You’re going to be using these guys if we don’t get (Alex) Steen and (Matt) D’Agostini back … He’s going to be a necessary add come playoff time.”

Forwards Steen and D’Agostini remain sidelined by concussion symptoms.

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