The Blues will be back on the ice at Enterprise Center on Tuesday, but chances are you won’t recognize any of them.
The team’s annual prospects camp, bringing together recent draft picks and assorted undrafted junior and college players, begins Tuesday and runs through Friday. The camp, usually held at the team’s practice facility in Hazelwood because the ice has long since been removed from Enterprise Center by now, will include some of its top draft picks from recent years, including former first-rounders Klim Kostin (2017) and Dominik Bokk (2018). Four of the team’s five picks from this season’s draft will attend; only Russian goalie Vadim Zherenko, one of the team’s picks in the seventh round, won’t be on hand.
Also scheduled to take part is defenseman Scott Perunovich, the Blues’ second-round pick in 2018, who has won consecutive NCAA titles with Minnesota-Duluth, and 2017 fourth-round pick Alexey Toropchenko, who had a good season with Guelph of the Ontario Hockey League. On the local front, former CBC goalie Jack Caruso, who won three state titles, will take part; he now plays for the St. Cloud Blizzard of the NAHL. DeSmet and AAA Blues goalie Jakub Dobes will also take part.
Each day will consist of three-on-three and four-on-four scrimmages. Offense may be the order of the day; of the 32 players taking part, there are six defensemen, five goalies and 21 forwards. Scrimmages begin at 2 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, 3 p.m. on Thursday and 6 p.m. on Friday. Doors open one hour ahead of the scrimmage. Concession stands will be open.
While admission is free, attendees have to have “mobile” tickets, which are available through the team’s website, stlouisblues.com
THOMAS HAS SURGERY
Forward Robert Thomas, whose wrist injury was the worst-kept secret of the Stanley Cup Final, had successful surgery to repair a tendon in his left wrist, the team said.
Thomas missed five of the seven games in the final round, playing only in Games 1 and 6, after an injury that the team said happened in Game 6 of the Western Conference final against San Jose and presumably was made worse when he was sent flying by Boston’s Torey Krug in Game 1 of the Final. After missing Games 2 through 5, he returned for Game 6 but it was evident the wrist was still bothering him and he sat out Game 7.
The team said Thomas will rehab over the summer and be evaluated again before the start of training camp.
HOF SELECTIONS ANNOUNCED
The 2019 inductees for the Hockey Hall of Fame will be announced Tuesday. The only lead-pipe cinch inductee is Canadian women’s great Hayley Wickenheiser (and Doug Wickenheiser’s cousin). On the NHL side, there are no obvious first-time candidates, which throws the field open. That means that a few ex-Blues have an outside chance of getting in: goalies Chris Osgood and Curtis Joseph and forwards Keith Tkachuk and Pierre Turgeon.
The Blues put forward Adam Musil, their fourth-round pick in 2015, on unconditional waivers. He had six goals and eight assists in 65 games last season. … The Blues’ full 2019-20 schedule will be released today. The league previously announced the Blues will open their season at home on Oct. 2.