St. Louis Blues: A Quick Look Inside Training Camp

The St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup Title for the first time in franchise history last season in improbable fashion. They won that series in seven games against the Boston Bruins. St. Louis was in dead last in the NHL Standings at the beginning of 2019. St. Louis decided to call up goaltender Jordan Binnington from the minors and Binnington got hot right away and so did the rest of the team.

They got better day-by-day. The Blues finished just one point of the number one seed in the Central Division behind the Nashville Predators. St. Louis faced the Winnipeg Jets in the first round of the season. The St. Louis Blues won that series in six games.

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St. Louis took down the Dallas Stars in seven games. The Blues trailed that series 3-2. They won a classic double-overtime game at home in Game 7 on a goal scored by Patrick Maroon off of a rebound.

St. Louis then took down the San Jose Sharks in six games in the Western Conference Finals. A lot of people thought an eastern conference team was going to win the Stanley Cup last season, but that wasn’t the case.

Craig Berube became the interim coach in November after Mike Yeo was fired. Berube signed a three-year contract as the team’s head coach.

It is going to be interesting what happens this season because even though they are the defending champions, not a lot of people will pick them to repeat. Instead of being the hunted, the St. Louis Blues feel like they will be the hunters again.

The projected lines for the 2019-2020 season will be Jaden Schwartz, Brayden Schenn, Vladimir Tarasenko: Sammy Blais, Ryan O’Reilly, David Perron: Zach Sanford, Tyler Bozak, Robert Thomas: and Alex Steen, Ivan Barbashev, and Oskar Sundqvist.

The projected defensive pairings will be Carl Gunnarsson and Alex Pietrangelo, Jay Bouwmeester and Colton Parayko, and Vince Dunn and Robert Bortuzzo.

Jordan Binnington will be the Blues starting goalie. Jake Allen will be the backup goalie for now, but if Ville Husso potentially beats him out for the backup job, it is very possible Allen could be traded to another team that could use a backup goalie.

Joel Edmundson will most likely be the seventh defenseman on the roster. Some of the forwards that could potentially step up in case of injury will be Jordan Kyrou, Mackenzie MacEachern, and Jordan Nolan.

They have not announced yet when training camp will begin. The Central Division will be tough once again this season. In fact, the Colorado Avalanche and the Dallas Stars both got better. Also, the Nashville Predators and the Winnipeg Jets will both be back.

The Chicago Blackhawks could be good once again this season, but it is going to depend on a lot of things. The Minnesota Wild will probably be the worst team in the Central Division this upcoming season.

St. Louis knows it won’t be easy to go back-to-back. First, they will begin preseason play on Monday, September 16 against the Dallas Stars on the road. Then the St. Louis Blues will raise the banner to begin the 2019-2020 season on Wednesday, October 2 against the Washington Capitals at home.

How do you see 2019 playing out for the St. Louis Blues? Leave a comment below.

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