1. Calle Rosen
Rosen was one of the few bright spots on the Blues defensive group last season. When Rosen was sent down, he had to pass through waivers before joining his team in Springfield.
After netting 18 points in 49 games last season in the NHL for St. Louis, there was a real chance that a team would have claimed the 29-year-old defenseman, and the Blues would have lost a key depth piece.
The contract situation of Scott Perunovich and the rising play from Tyler Tucker made it difficult for Rosen to crack the opening night roster. While he didn’t blow anyone away with his play in the preseason, he will still remain on the Blues’ radar this year.
Rosen is in the second year of a two-year $1.25 million contract he signed last June to remain with the team and will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2023-24 season. He will join Marco Scandella and Robert Bortuzzo as the only defensemen on expiring deals.
If the Blues resign Rosen at the end of the season or at some point during the year, it is likely because Rosen has turned an unexpected corner in his career and is now a reliable defender with some offensive upside.
While we saw glimpses of this last season, it’s difficult to see Rosen on the Blues roster after this year. He will play a key part in St. Louis’ plans this season but don’t expect him to see regular time in the Blues’ top pairings.