Two representatives from the Blues organization have been selected for the AHL All-Star Game, and it’s likely that another will end up being named to the team, too.
On Thursday, the AHL announced the rosters for its annual All-Star Classic, which like its NHL counterpart, now features a 3-on-3 tournament between teams representing the league’s divisions. The St. Louis Blues organization was well-represented, as forward Kenny Agostino and defenseman Brad Hunt were both selected to the Central Division squad.
Agostino has taken the AHL by storm, leading the AHL with 46 points through 35 games. The two runner-ups, Jake Guentzel and Cole Schneider, have 34 points each. If there was any player deserving of an appointment to his division’s All-Star team this year, it was Agostino.
Hunt was a dominant force for the Wolves, collecting nine goals and 23 assists through his first 23 AHL games. The 28-year-old defenseman led the league in points at the time of his last AHL game.
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Hunt has been in the NHL with the Blues since early December, though, and it appears as if he’ll stick around for at least a little while longer after Ty Rattie was waived earlier this week. Hunt will probably end up as the Blues’ eighth defenseman once Robert Bortuzzo and Carl Gunnarsson are back at full health, but since Ken Hitchcock has been rather conservative with his forward rotation this season, it’s not as if the team really needs a 14th forward anyway. It’s very possible that the Blues will keep Hunt on the roster for the remainder of the season.
Rockford IceHogs forward Spencer Abbott was recalled by the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday and may have to be replaced on the Central Division All-Star roster.
Since Hunt is likely to be replaced by a defenseman from outside of the Blues organization, it’s very possible that a Blues prospect could get the nod to replace Abbott. Centers Wade Megan and Ivan Barbashev have both delivered standout seasons for the Wolves, and they’re currently tied for eighth in the league in points with 30 each.