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Blues' Scott Perunovich: Skates on top pairing in preseason
Perunovich recorded two blocked shots and a minus-1 rating in the 2-1 preseason loss to the Blackhawks on Thursday. He logged a team-high 26:28 of ice time.
With Justin Faulk (lower body) out, Perunovich skated with Colton Parayko on the top pairing and led the team in ice time. A dynamic playmaker in college, Perunovich has struggled with injuries through his professional career. He has impressed when healthy in the AHL, though. Through two seasons, he posted five goals and 42 points through 39 AHL games. It remains to be seen whether he sticks with the big club this year, however, as Parayko, Faulk, Nick Leddy and Torey Krug (foot) are locked into roster spots. Still, Perunovich's upside alone makes him worth a flier in the late rounds of fantasy drafts.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Pavel Buchnevich: Primary helper Thursday
Buchnevich recorded an assist and five shots on net in Thursday's 2-1 preseason loss to the Blackhawks.
Buchnevich provided the lone helper on Robert Thomas' goal in the third period. The 28-year-old Buchnevich is expected to slot into the top six this season, and he has been rotating in with Robert Thomas and Jordan Kyrou (lower body) on the team's top line. As long as he's handling those responsibilities, Buchnevich has a good chance to match or exceed last year's output of 26 goals and 41 assists in 63 games.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Robert Thomas: Scores in preseason loss
Thomas scored a goal and fired five shots on net in Thursday's 2-1 preseason loss to the Blackhawks.
Thomas led all Blues forwards with 21:25 of ice time. Now that Ryan O'Reilly has moved on, Thomas is expected to be the team's No. 1 center and should be handling similar ice time this season. After O'Reilly was traded last year, Thomas averaged 19:41 per game and posted five goals and 12 assists over 22 outings. We'd like to see him fire the puck on net more often -- he posted just 106 shots on goal in 73 games last year -- but his passing abilities along with the increased ice time will make him an intriguing fantasy option again this year.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Adam Gaudette: Waived by Blues
Gaudette was placed on waivers Friday, Chris Johnston of TSN reports.
Gaudette is on a one-year, two-way contract with the Blues. He spent all of 2022-23 in the AHL, picking up 27 goals and 24 assists in 65 games split between Toronto and Springfield. Gaudette will head to the AHL should he clear waivers.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Torey Krug: Practices Friday
Krug (foot) was a full participant at practice Friday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Krug suffered the injury before the start of training camp and is expected to be re-evaluated Sunday. The defenseman had seven goals, 25 assists, 126 shots on goal and 87 blocked shots in 63 games last season.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Jordan Kyrou: Suffers lower-body injury
Kyrou has suffered a lower-body injury and will not play versus Chicago on Thursday, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Kyrou's injury is not serious and should be ready for the start of the regular season. Jake Neighbours will take his place on the top line Thursday, alongside Pavel Buchnevich and Robert Thomas. Kyrou set a career high in goals last season with 37 while chipping in with 36 assists in 79 games. Look for similar numbers this season if he remains healthy.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Quinton Burns: Cut from camp
Burns (lower body) was reassigned to OHL Kingston on Wednesday.
Burns was already listed as out for Thursday's preseason game, and now he'll do the rest of his recovery from the injury at the junior level. The 18-year-old defenseman figures to play at least the next full season and potentially two more years in the OHL before jumping to the professional ranks.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Justin Faulk: Expected to skate Thursday
Faulk (lower body) is set to rejoin practice ahead of Thursday's meeting with Chicago, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Faulk is far from guaranteed to play versus the Blackhawks on Thursday, but the fact that he will participate in the game-day skate is certainly a step in the right direction. At this point, it seems the blueliner will be ready for the start of the 2023-24 campaign, during which he should be capable of pushing for the 50-point threshold again.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Quinton Burns: Ruled out Thursday
Burns will not play in Thursday's preseason matchup with Chicago due to a lower-body issue, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Burns was going to be a long-shot to make the Opening Night roster to begin with but his lower-body issue certainly isn't going to help. The 18-year-old blueliner figures to rejoin OHL Kingston once cleared to play where he will continue furthering his long-term development.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Isaac Ratcliffe: Suffers upper-body injury
Ratcliffe sustained an upper-body injury that will rule him out versus Chicago on Thursday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Ratcliffe is currently with the Blues on a professional tryout, so this injury isn't going to improve his chances of making the Opening Night roster. The winger failed to make an NHL appearance last season and has just 10 top-level career games under his belt. At this point, the 2017 second-round pick is unlikely to ever become more than an organizational depth piece.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Justin Faulk: Sustains lower-body injury
Faulk suffered a lower-body injury after a spill into the boards in Tuesday's game versus the Blue Jackets, Matthew DeFranks of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Faulk's status will be checked Wednesday after he failed to complete Tuesday's contest. The 31-year-old defenseman is a lock for the Blues' top four on the blue line when healthy, and if his injury is significant, it would be a big loss for the team. The Blues' next preseason game is Thursday in Chicago.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Kasperi Kapanen: Misses Tuesday's game
Kapanen (upper body) won't play in Tuesday's preseason game versus the Blue Jackets.
Kapanen was initially scheduled to play Tuesday, but the injury was revealed just before puck drop. The 27-year-old winger can be considered day-to-day until further information becomes available. The Blues' next preseason contest is Thursday in Chicago.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Marco Scandella: Starts camp on time
Scandella (lower body) was on the ice for Thursday's first practice session at training camp, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Scandella played in just 20 games last season, and he's reached 70 games played just once in his last five campaigns. Nonetheless, the 33-year-old blueliner should be in contention for a third-pairing role during training camp.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Robert Bortuzzo: Skates at first practice
Bortuzzo (upper body) skated at Thursday's first training camp practice, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Bortuzzo missed nine of the last 10 games of 2022-23, but it appears he's ready to go for this season. The 34-year-old blueliner figures to handle a third-pairing role on the occasions he's in the lineup -- he could also be a frequent healthy scratch.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Sam Bitten: Inks PTO with Blues
Bitten signed a professional tryout agreement with St. Louis on Monday.
Bitten spent the last two years in the Czech League, totaling just three points in 54 games. He's yet to appear in an NHL or AHL game and went undrafted after his OHL career. His brother, Will Bitten, suited up in four games with the Blues last season.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Andy Welinski: Secures PTO
Welinski signed a professional tryout offer with St. Louis on Monday.
Welinski hasn't seen any NHL action since the 2020-21 campaign when he was held without a point in 13 games with the Ducks. The 30-year-old blueliner has appeared in 46 career NHL contests and should be considered a long shot to make the Blues' roster out of camp.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Nick Ritchie: Joins Blues on PTO
Ritchie inked a professional tryout agreement with St. Louis on Thursday.
Ritchie recorded 13 goals, 26 points, 53 PIM and 218 hits in 74 contests between Arizona and Calgary in 2022-23. He'll be in the running for a fourth-line spot on the Blues' Opening Night roster.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Torey Krug: Suffers foot injury
The Blues announced Tuesday that Krug suffered a right-foot injury while training for the upcoming 2023-24 season.
Krug is scheduled to be re-evaluated Oct. 1, so he could be hindered by the issue for most of training camp. It's unclear at this time if he will be ready for the Blues' season opener versus Dallas on Oct. 12. Krug accounted for seven goals, 32 points, 126 shots on net and 87 blocked shots in 63 games during the 2022-23 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Kasperi Kapanen: Faces alcohol-related charge
Kapanen was charged with driving while intoxicated in Finland last month, according to Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun.
Kapanen was contrite when he issued a statement through the Blues. "Last month I made an unacceptable error in judgment and take full responsibility for my actions. I offer my apologies to my family, the Blues organization, my teammates and the fans. I understand the severity of my mistake and am committed to doing everything I can to earn back their trust." Kapanen was picked up on waivers in February by the Blues from the Penguins. He played well with the Blues, scoring eight times and adding six assists in only 23 contests. Kapanen's case is scheduled to go to trial in February in Finland.... See More ... See Less
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