The preseason is still rolling on, and the Blues look very impressive tonight at Scottrade Center against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. Jaroslav Halak stopped 30-0f-31 shots faced, and Brad Boyes and Alex Steen each recorded two points in a 4-1 Blues win.
The Blues had most of their big guns on the ice tonight, and they got production from most of those guys. Once again, Alex Steen was very good on both ends of the ice. I don’t want to put too much stock in the preseason, but Steen looks like he will be the player we saw last year as opposed to the guy who was mediocre during his time in Toronto. If he has a good offensive season, it could go a long way in this team being a playoff contender. David Perron scored a nice goal to get the Blues on the board in the second, and TJ Oshie delivered a highlight-reel goal past Hawks goalie Marty Turco. People wonder why Oshie is so loved in St. Louis, and the answer can be seen in that goal right there. Here is a link to game highlights from the Blues homepage, where you can see all of the goals.
Another interesting note from tonight’s game was the play of rookie defenseman Ian Cole. Cole has had a very nice preseason, and he could seriously challenge for a roster spot out of camp. The most interesting race on this team right now is undoubtedly on the blue line, so keep a close eye on players like Cole, Alex Pietrangelo, Nathan Oystrick, and Nikita Nikitin over the next two preseason games.
In another note, goalie Ben Bishop was sent packing to Peoria today. Bishop had an outstanding camp and preseason, but we knew this was going to happen. Blues fans should feel much more confident after watching Bishop if something happens to Halak or Ty Conklin.
Tags: Alex Pietrangelo Alex Steen Ben Bishop Brad Boyes Chicago Blackhawks David Perron Ian Cole Jaroslav Halak Marty Turco Nathan Oystrick NHL Preseason Nikita Nikitin Scottrade Center St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup TJ Oshie Ty Conklin