The St. Louis Blues are going to have some pretty difficult decisions to make when Patrik Berglund and Jay Bouwmeester are ready to return to the lineup. That day sounds like it’s coming up in the near future as both Berglund and Bouwmeester are preparing to travel with the team on their upcoming Canadian road trip.
To be clear, neither player is expected to play during the road trip. However, both players are expected to skate and practice with the Blues rather than stay home and skate on their own.
Of the two, Berglund is the closest to returning. He was originally supposed to be back in December, but now a November return looks almost certain. Berglund should be fairly easy to reinsert into the lineup as the third line has been needing some assistance.
Bouwmeester is just now starting to practice and work on the ice, meaning his return is a bit further away. When he returns, the Blues will have to make the difficult decision on who to bench on defense. Vince Dunn is the youngest and newest member of the defensive unit, but he has reportedly been told he’ll be sticking with the team, suggesting the Blues will either roll with seven defensemen or rotate out other options depending on the matchup.
In summary, the Blues are about to have even more depth now that some of their injured players are returning. It’s a good situation to be in even if it means some tough decisions.