The St. Louis Blues will have their depth tested over the coming weeks as they will be without Vladimir Tarasenko due to an injury to his right hand. The talented Russian forward will undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair the damage, which will leave a sizable hole in the lineup for upwards of six weeks.
— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) March 16, 2014
Replacing a dynamic player like Tarasenko is nearly impossible, but the Blues have one of the deepest forward groups in the NHL. The injury simply opens up chances for other players to show head coach Ken Hitchcock that they can step up when the need arises.
Everyone knows that guys like T.J. Oshie, David Backes and Alexander Steen will continue to produce like they have been. St. Louis has a few players on their roster that need to elevate their games with Tarasenko out of the lineup. Depth is supposed to be one of the hallmarks of this team, so let’s take a look at who the Blues will be leaning on for the next six weeks or so.
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