We are finally coming to a close of our roster break downs with just one more post after this. We’ve looked at all the forward lines, and this will finish our look at the defense. To take a look at our roster thus far, check our following links, first line, second line, third line, fourth line, extras forwards, first D pairing, second D pairing, and the third D pairing.
Now we’ve gone through our defensive core, with our number one in Alex Pietrangelo, the versatile Carlo Colaiacovo, the offensive Kevin Shattenkirk, the veteran Barret Jackman, the unpredictable Nikita Nikitin, and the defensive specialist in Roman Polak. Now we have the seventh defender and two defensemen we could see during the season.
Kent Huskins is the obvious pick here as the seventh defender. He was signed in the off-season from the San Jose Sharks and he brings experience to a young defensive core.
Huskins brings a fair amount of playoff experience, playing in four post seasons, amassing a total of 47 games.
He plays a defensive game but can punch in a good 10-20 points depending on the amount of games played. He’s reliable in his own end but you see him jumping up in the rush to provide some offense.
He doesn’t have the biggest shot, however, he does have a solid wrist shot. He is good at getting the puck to the net which helps cause rebounds and gives his team offensive chances. You will see him fill in if a guy like Nikita Nikitin needs a night off or if the Blues have an injury on the back end.
Two guys we could see throughout the year depending on injuries are Ian Cole and Danny Syvret.
Cole, 22 was drafted by the Blues back in 2007 draft and got his first taste of NHL hockey last season. He didn’t look out of place.
He’s mostly a shutdown defensemen and plays a physical game. If you come down the ice wrong, he can absolutely deck you. He showed that at times and a fair bit in Peoria last year.
He doesn’t mind jumping up in the rush. He notched a goal in three assists in 26 games in St. Louis last year and five goals and ten assists in Peoria in 44 games last season. If there are any long term injuries, Ian Cole is likely the first call up to the big club if needed.
Syvret, 26, was signed by the Blues this off-season to bring a veteran presence to the Peoria Rivermen. He’s an offensive defensemen and an AHL All-Star in seasons past. He’s got NHL experience and ten games worth of playoff experience last season with the Philadelphia Flyers.
He hasn’t been able to translate his offensive game to the NHL and with lack of size, it’s hurt his transition to the NHL as well. His defensive game is about average, he wont stand out defensively and it’s the offensive instincts that you’ll notice first and foremost.
He could see time again, if there are injuries to the defensive core in the NHL. He played in 20 games last season, including 10 in the playoffs. He’s fully capable of filling in admirably, but isn’t going to be your first choice on being on the roster.
Tomorrow comes the final post of our roster breakdowns, the netminders.
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