Don’t panic, Blues fans, the team didn’t suffer a sweeping wave of injuries. The St. Louis Blues have recalled five players that were previously cut from training camp to fill out the roster for tomorrow’s preseason game. The match is in Columbus against the Blue Jackets, and Will Bitten, Hugh McGing, Mathias Laferriere, Brady Lyle, and Steven Santini have been recalled ahead of it.
St. Louis has just two games left on their exhibition schedule, with Saturday’s home game against the Chicago Blackhawks wrapping up the preseason. Then things kick off, coincidentally, against those same Blue Jackets next weekend, another reason why they might not want to show them the full NHL lineup tomorrow night.
It’s another chance for some of the minor league talent to show what they can do, though none of these five are likely to see extended time with the NHL club this season. Santini is the only one with any experience at the highest level, having played 119 NHL games, but after spending the entire 2021-22 campaign with the Springfield Thunderbirds, he shouldn’t expect much time with the Blues.
There will likely be several moves like this by teams around the league in the coming days, as they try to avoid any injuries to starters before the season begins. A week from now, though, things will be full speed ahead on the 2022-23 season.