It really shouldn't come as a surprise to see Erik Johnson in the line-up for St. Louis come their opening game, October 4th away to Phoenix. Johnson, the 1st overall pick in 2006, comes with high expectations this season. The Hockey News projects him to have 38 points this season, which is quite high for the rookie defenseman. The Score ranks him even higher at 46 points this season. Needless to say, the professional hockey pundits say he's here to stay.
It's unclear whether or not the forwards listed above will crack the line-up, but they are all getting a considerable look, possibly for mid-season call-ups for injuries or cold play. The Blues are in good shape heading into the season, but it's tough to tell how competitive they will actually be against the big clubs in the West.
|Paul Kariya||Doug Weight||Keith Tkachuk|
|Lee Stempniak||Brad Boyes||Martin Rucinsky|
|Petr Cajanek||Jay McClement||David Backes|
|Jamal Mayers||Dan Hinote||Ryan Johnson|
|Eric Brewer||Barrett Jackman|
|Christian Backman||Bryce Salvador|
|Jay McKee||Erik Johnson|
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