Player News - Blues

Date: Team: Pos:

Patrick Berglund scored a goal and added an assist for the Blues in Monday's 4-3 preseason loss to Dallas.

Fresh off signing a new three year pact, Berglund looked good in his preseason debut. Defensemen Ian Cole and Ryan Whitney also tallied for the Blues in the losing effort while Brian Elliott and Niklas Lundstrom shared goaltending duties.
Sep 22 - 11:17 PM

Jori Lehtera gave himself an "OK-minus" grade for his preseason debut on Sunday.

"I saw that I can play here and it was good to play with Vlad (Tarasenko)," he said. "But of course, first game, I feel a little bit like it was pretty hard, the third period. My legs got tired. There was good moments, but we didn't concentrate like we should." Lehtera scored a power-play goal in the Blues' 4-3 loss in overtime to Columbus. He skated with Tarasenko and Peter Mueller in the contest.
Sep 22 - 5:38 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and assist in Sunday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Tarasenko skated on a line with Peter Mueller and Jori Lehtera. The 22-year-old will play a key offensive role with the Blues this season. He scored 21 goals and 43 points in 64 games last year. Assuming he stays healthy, Tarasenko should surpass those numbers in 2014-15. Jori Lehtera and Sebastian Wannstrom also scored for St. Louis.
Sep 21 - 9:49 PM

Jori Lehtera is expected to make his St. Louis Blues debut in their pre-season opener against Columbus on Sunday.

Lehtera signed with the Blues as a free-agent from the KHL. "I’ve watched Lehtera play a lot," said Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock. "I know he’s a good player. I don’t know where he’s going to fit, but he’s going to find his level here." The 26-year-old has never played in the NHL so it’s difficult to project what his offensive upside will be this season. He will be a risk-reward pick in fantasy drafts. Lehtera registered 12 goals and 44 points in 48 games with Novosibirsk Sibir of the KHL.
Sep 21 - 10:34 AM

Peter Mueller skated with Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko on Friday.

He signed a two-way deal with the Blues in July and it will be an uphill climb for him to earn a spot on a deep team. However, getting a look alongside Lehtera and Tarasenko indicates that St. Louis is willing to give him an opportunity to impress.
Sep 20 - 6:55 PM

True to his word, Ken Hitchcock began the Blues training camp with the pairs of players on lines he indicated earlier in the month.

T.J. Oshie worked with David Backes, Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko were a pair, Alexander Steen and Paul Stastny were teamed up. Only Jaden Schwartz and Dmitrij Jaskin did not line up together as Schwartz is not in camp as he is a UFA without a contract. Leave it to Hitch to figure out how to balance his team's scoring. The Blues look scary good this season.
Sep 20 - 2:32 PM

The once dazzling rookie has strengthened his upper body at the behest of Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock.

Still just 23 years old, Paajarvi is in prime position to chisel a permanent spot on the roster. "We changed his fitness routine halfway through (the 2013-14 season) and focused on upper-body strength," Hitchcock said. "He bought into that and took that program into the summer and he's come and he is one, fit, strong guy right now. He's exactly what we need."
Source: Lou Korac
Sep 20 - 1:08 AM

Ryan Whitney will participate in the St. Louis Blues' training camp on a tryout basis.

Whitney had 23 points and 52 penalty minutes in 45 AHL games last season. He also participated in seven contests with the Florida Panthers, but didn't record a point. At his height, Whitney was one of the league's top offensive defenseman, but we don't think he'll have any fantasy value in 2014-15.
Sep 19 - 12:47 PM

Jaden Schwartz still doesn't have a contract with the Blues, so he won't be in attendance for the start of training camp.

"We've had dialogue recently," Blues GM Doug Armstrong said. "But I don't know when he's going to be here. He's not here today, I don't expect him here tomorrow. And we're just going to now concentrate on the players that are here, try and find some synergy with the centermen that are in camp with some wingers and when Jaden reports, when we get a contract done with him, he can work his way back into that group. But right now it's focus on the guys that are here." No future talks are scheduled, but Armstrong doesn't want to provide another update on the situation until the team is able to announce a new deal.
Sep 18 - 1:55 PM

Rather than leaning on players in heavy defensive and offensive roles, St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said he expects to even things out next season.

This could be great news for a player like David Backes, who saw a significant amount of his shifts beginning in the defensive zone. That could subtly increase his scoring chances, SOG and maybe even production in 2014-15.
Sep 16 - 3:18 PM

The St. Louis Blues have extended a training camp tryout offer to Paul Bissonnette.

Bissonnette is a physical depth forward that, to be honest, might be better known for as a Twitter personality than a hockey player. That's not to suggest that Bissonnette has no value on the ice though. He's a physical forward that can fit in on the fourth line and if he gets into a situation where he's playing regularly, then he'd be a decent source of penalty minutes in fantasy leagues.
Sep 16 - 10:53 AM

Jake Allen has a great deal of respect for Brian Elliott, but he won't be satisfied with simply being a backup in 2014-15.

"But my job is to push him, to make him be the best he can be, and vice-versa," he said. "When I'm in the net, that’s his job. As I said, we get along great, so that's not an issue. But when I get my chance, I'm going to make the most of it. I want to get in the net and play like I'm a No. 1. I feel like I'm ready to do that." Allen has a chance to wrestle the starting job from Elliott, but the Blues have already stated that Elliott will be the club's starter when the season begins.
Sep 15 - 4:45 PM

Carl Gunnarsson (hip) skated for about 10-15 minutes on Monday before coming off the ice.

He underwent surgery back in May and plans to take it slow heading into training camp. Gunnarsson is hoping to be available when the Blues begin the regular season, but he thinks it's early to look ahead that far right now.
Sep 15 - 2:01 PM

Rookie Robby Fabbri scored twice but it was not enough as the Minnesota Wild defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-3 in a rookie tournament at Traverse City Michigan.

Fabbri was drafted 21st overall in the 2014 Draft and he showed Blues fans why with his goal scoring exhibition. Jacob Doty also scored for the Blues while Mathew Dumba, Gustav Olofsson, Ryan Walters and Christian Folin with the overtime winner, replied for the Wild.
Sep 13 - 10:41 PM

Ty Rattie was impressive in a 6-5 overtime loss between the Blues' and Red Wings' rookies Friday night.

He scored a goal and registered two assists in the contest. The Blues like the way Rattie has matured physically and as a player since they drafted him three years ago and believe he is on the cusp of making the NHL. Even with Jaden Schwartz unsigned at the moment, Rattie will have a tough time cracking the Blues' roster out of training camp. But he should be one of, if not the first, call up should the team suffer an injury.
Source: Blues.com
Sep 13 - 2:00 PM


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