The St. Louis Blues have proven to be one of the deepest teams in the NHL season and that depth will be put to the test after a potentially season-ending injury to young Russian sensation Vladimir Tarasenko.
The Blues have endured some major injuries already this year and come through just fine. Alexander Steen missed a number of games prior to the Olympic break in February. Catalyst Vladimir Sobotka missed a dozen games just returning this past week. Jordan Leopold has been out with hand surgery since December but has been skating and appears close to return.
Despite these setbacks, St. Louis sits atop the NHL with 99 points, leading the Central Division by 6 over the Colorado Avalanche. Achieving their goal of winning the President’s Cup may be tougher without Tarasenko, but the Blues have generated chemistry between a lot of their forwards this season and while Tarasenko’s 21 goals will certainly be missed, they have guys who are ready to step in and fill the void.