In what presumably is the first step in preparing them to go down to the AHL Chicago Wolves, the St. Louis Blues have placed forward Peter Mueller and defenseman Nate Prosser on waivers. Both players have had pretty extensive NHL careers but were signed by the Blues as depth players. With that said, they both were good enough in training camp to give themselves a decent shot at making the team.
The 26-year-old Mueller, a veteran of five NHL seasons, is attempting to make a comeback after concussions derailed his previous stint in the NHL. After playing in Switzerland last year, he decided to return to America and signed with the Blues this offseason. Mueller had some nice moments in camp but apparently was not impressive enough to beat out guys like Dmitrij Jaskin and Joakim Lindstrom.
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The 28-year-old Prosser has played in parts of five seasons with the Minnesota Wild and played in a career-high 53 NHL games for them last year. He definitely made an impression in camp, and he could end up being the next man up should any of the Blues’ top seven defensemen go down. However, 21-year-old Finnish defenseman Petteri Lindbohm has also opened plenty of eyes during camp and could end up cracking the 23-man opening roster. If that were the case, it could push Prosser, along with fellow veteran Chris Butler, further down the depth chart.
With these two presumably out of the mix to make the final roster, along with Butler and forward Colin Fraser, who were put through waivers Monday, the Blues have three forwards and two defensemen to trim from the group before they can officially assemble their opening roster.