Two games into the season, the Blues worst nightmare may have come to pass. They needed their stars to stay healthy and that already might not be the case.
As of writing this, we don’t know the official extent of the possible injury to Pavel Buchnevich. However, when the normally stoic Craig Berube doesn’t give coach speak and says it’s very unfortunate for Buchnevich to have gone out, it sounds like this could be a long-term injury.
St. Louis went into the season needing health and production. They needed guys like Buchnevich, and others, to up their game and produce points at a high level.
Now, they might be without Buchnevich for awhile. The early scuttlebutt is it might only be one or two weeks, but that could easily change for the worse.
Buchnevich had 26 goals in 63 games last season. They were really hoping he could be a second 30-plus goal scorer along with Jordan Kyrou.
However, they need him to play 70-80 games to accomplish that. They need their big names to play the vast majority of the season.
We saw the gap between the Blues and Stars in the season opener and Dallas had such a good 2022-23 because they had multiple players play 80 games or more. The Blues only had one in 2022-23 and missed the playoffs due to that, and other reasons.
Having a big name player hurt this early in the season is already a potential blow.