St. Louis Blues roster takes shape

The St. Louis Blues are closing in on their 23-player roster that will open the regular season on Thursday night.

The St. Louis Blues have until 4 p.m. Tuesday to cut down their roster to the required 23-player limit, but they made several moves on Monday that have narrowed down the list.

The Blues announced Monday afternoon that they had assigned forwards Magnus Paajarvi and Ty Rattie and defensemen Petteri Lindbohm and Chris Butler to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. 

Those moves, coupled with the announcement they had signed Scottie Upshall to a one-year, two-way contract, mean that rookie Robby Fabbri and Upshall will be among the 14 forwards they will keep. 

Fabbri, 19, was the team’s first-round pick in 2014 and has impressed in his first two training camps with the Blues. They can keep him for up to nine games before they have to decide whether to keep him for the entire season or send him back to his junior team. 

Lindbohm and Butler were expected to be the Blues’ sixth and seventh defensemen this season, but with them heading to Chicago it means impressive rookies Colton Parayko and Joel Edmundson have made the 23-man roster for the season opener on Thursday. 

Parayko, a 6-foot-5, 218-pounder with a right-handed shot who was a third-round pick in 2013, recorded six assists during preseason games. Edmundson is a 6-4, 200-pounder who also shoots right-handed and was a second-round pick in 2011. 

Both Parayko and Edmundson are 22 years old and one of them, if not both, will make his NHL debut on Thursday night against the Edmonton Oilers at Scottrade Center. 

Monday’s roster moves leave the Blues with 13 forwards, seven defenseman and two goalies. The last spot on the 23-man roster could go to veteran Scott Gomez, who could be the 14th forward.

Gomez, like Upshall, joined the Blues in training camp on a professional tryout basis after spending last season with the New Jersey Devils. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported the Blues are interested in signing Gomez to a deal for the upcoming season. 

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