Even if the Blues get bit harder by the injury bug than they did last season, they will not have to worry. The Blues have prospects that are just waiting to take the NHL by storm.
The one prospect Blues fans cannot stop talking about is Ty Rattie. Rattie was drafted by the Blues in the first round of the 2011 NHL draft and has spent his time in the minors playing for the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL.
And he has been tearing it up.
In the 2011 season alone, Rattie put up 121 points in only 69 games. Over the course of three seasons and 197 games, Rattie has scored 237 points—or 1.2 points per game. If he can put up numbers like that in the NHL, he will be among the elite of the elite.
Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak will have some competition of their own once Jake Allen is NHL-ready. Allen was drafted by the Blues in the second round of the 2008 NHL draft. Allen has spent his most recent seasons splitting time with Ben Bishop in Peoria of the AHL.
Bishop posted a 2.93 GAA and .915 save percentage in Peoria and was considered to have a bad year. His best season stats are a 2.21 GAA and .923 save percentage while in the QMJHL in the 2009-2010 season.
Also, prospects such as Phil McRae and Adam Cracknell experienced significant time at the NHL level playing games for injured players before being sent back down to the AHL.
The Blues are set when it comes to prospects. All of them have talent and are primed to make sure the Blues continue their success.