St. Louis Blues Assign Three More Players to Minors


The St. Louis Blues further trimmed their roster on Sunday, officially assigning forwards Cody Beach, Colin Fraser, and Peter Mueller to the AHL Chicago Wolves. All three players had reportedly been notified following the Blues’ preseason finale against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. None of the three cuts came as surprises, because Fraser and Mueller had already cleared waivers earlier this week, while Beach had previously been assigned to Chicago before being recalled for the Minnesota game.

Though none of them will begin the season in St. Louis, all three players could factor into the Blues’ plans at some point this year. Fraser and Mueller have a combined 655 games of NHL experience among them and would be worthy injury replacements if anyone on the Blues’ roster goes down. Meanwhile, the 22-year-old Beach is an exciting young prospect, and since he fits the enforcer mold, he could be an insurance policy for fighter Ryan Reaves.

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These moves leave the Blues with 27 players left on the roster. They must get it down to 23 players by Tuesday afternoon. One of the moves to get down to 23 presumably will be the placement of defenseman Carl Gunnarsson on injured reserve, as he did not play in any preseason games and still has not been cleared for full-contact practice as he continues his recovery from offseason hip surgery.

Among the players at risk would seem to be one defenseman among either 21-year-old Finnish import Petteri Lindbohm or veteran Chris Butler, and then two forwards among 2014 first-rounder Robby Fabbri, 21-year-old Dmitrij Jaskin, and veterans Chris Porter and Magnus Paajarvi.