Springfield Thunderbirds: The Nice List
The Springfield Thunderbirds have been the Blues saving grace this season. However, much of the credit is mainly due to general manager Doug Armstrong for assembling the depth to withstand a season like this.
St. Louis has gotten contributions from all over their minor leagues. From Scott Perunovich, Matthew Peca, Dakota Joshua, to Alexey Toropchenko, Lindgren, and Blues legend Jon Gillies, the Thunderbirds have saved the Blues season.
Possibly the most famous callup this season in St. Louis was the arrival of Australian sensation Nathan Walker. After scoring a hat trick in his first game this year against the Red Wings, he has posted five points in six games and will make it difficult for Berube to take him out of the lineup when the Blues get back to full strength.
St. Louis has had 39 different players play in an NHL game this season, and 29 of those players have registered a point. Toropchenko is the only skater who has played this season not to register a point.
Every team’s depth has been tested this season, and so far, for the Blues, the Springfield Thunderbirds are one of the main reasons why the Blues are sitting pretty on Christmas day.