With the NHL trade deadline looming and the substantial amount of defensemen (total of 9) on the St. Louis Blues roster, the anticipation is heightened regarding a possible trade or trades before 3:00 PM ET on Wednesday, April 3rd.
If management is reviewing the roster for any options at this point, I truly believe that they must be contemplating on two different prospects; Defenseman, Ian Cole, #28 or Defenseman, Kris Russell, #4.
The St. Louis Blues drafted Cole in the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Cole has played in 15 games this season and grabbed 1 assist on January 19th when the Blues challenged the Detroit Red Wings.
The Columbus Blue Jackets drafted Russell in the 3rd round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Russell has played in 30 games this season with 1 goal and 4 assists for a total of 5 points.
There are a few rumblings of a possible trade of Left Wing, David Perron, #57. However, I do not have a lot of faith that this rumor will actually come true. Perron has participated in 34 games this season and collected a total of 22 points for 9 goals and 13 assists. I think fans and the Blues management team can agree that we would love to see Perron show a bit more consistency in the game, with him focusing on applying more pressure on our opponents, while supporting his teammates and putting more pucks in the goal. I think Perron has the ambition necessary to increase his game time and overall stats. I just hope that he can get into the right frame of mind needed to help stabilize the balance on the team, which will hopefully lead to more wins for the Blues and hopefully the playoffs.
As we prepare to challenge the Chicago Blackhawks on April 4th, we look forward to any changes that the St. Louis Blues will choose to make, if any, within the next 24 hours.