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Blues finalize 2022-2023 roster

There’re a few surprises to be had.

St Louis Blues v Colorado Avalanche Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

With Nikita Alexandrov being assigned to Springfield yesterday, and Josh Leivo and Jake Neighbours heading to Springfield today, Blues fans were left wondering if these moves were just for cap management.

Apparently fans are smarter than we look, because whoever suspected that was right on the money.

Who will Neighbours and Leivo replace? Alexey Toropchenko is still injured, though recovering faster than expected. Logan Brown’s still a bit banged up, so there’s a potential spot if he doesn’t return from injury soon. That could be where Leivo starts off to begin the season.

The seven defensemen are who we thought they would be. Calle Rosen slots in as the seventh defenseman while the team waits for Marco Scandella and Scott Perunovich’s return in six months or so. There’s not much wiggle room for anyone if they struggle, nor is there much past Rosen if anyone else gets hurt, so here’s hoping for strong play from the defensive corps as a whole and an injury free start to the season.

The Blues can make adjustments to their roster until Saturday, the season opener.