Next Man Up

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Zach Sanford is one Blue who should get more ice time in the wake of the Tarasenko injury.

Next man up is such a cliche. You expect to hear it from players any time a star goes down to injury. Were Sid the Kid to break his leg, you’d hear “No time to dwell on that. It’s next man up. We’re in a playoff hunt.” Were Clayton Kershaw to develop thoracic outlet syndrome, you’d hear “You know, it’s next man up around here. Rich Hill is like Clayton Kershaw-lite.”

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Camp so far: Projecting the Forwards

Going into camp, most of the roster that will be on the bench on Opening Day was known. One of the biggest questions that coach Mike Yeo has to answer is: which forwards will earn the last few spots up for grabs.

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Dmitrij Jaskin scored in Sunday’s preseason game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, furthering his campaign to earn a spot in the bottom 6 forwards.

That is not yet determined, but halfway through the preseason schedule, the possible answers are taking shape.

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Yeo(man), what’s your depth?

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New Blues forward Brayden Schenn plays in a preseason game vs the Capitals.

Wow. The regular season hasn’t yet begun, and the Blues depth, across the roster, is being severely tested.

On the blueline it’s Jay Bouwmeester who’s down for a time. His steadiness isn’t easily replaced, but there is depth from which to choose. Nate Prosser is a veteran familiar with Coach Yeo, and Jake Walman and ┬áVince Dunn both look to make the club, at least out of camp.

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