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It’s the character of the Blues’ minor-league setup, with out an precise AHL affiliate, that uncommon issues will occur. So when the Blues despatched Beau Bennett all the way down to Chicago, and the Wolves wanted a middle, the man who has performed proper wing his entire profession was now taking part in middle.
“Coach stated, ‘Have you ever ever performed?’ ” Bennett stated Tuesday. “I stated no. He stated, ‘OK, you’re taking part in for us.’ There have been no questions requested.”
Seems it might not have been a foul factor. After a disappointing coaching camp, through which Bennett was shipped out after taking part in simply three exhibition video games, he was recalled Monday afternoon after the Blues weren’t happy with three gamers, Ivan Barbashev, Tage Thompson and Sammy Blais, that they had tried as a substitute of him.
The Blues are nonetheless Bennett with no consideration winger, however the expertise he bought taking part in middle could also be useful as he tries to point out what he can do again within the NHL.
I believe it in all probability helped him as a result of whenever you’re taking part in middle, you’re engaged in each second of the sport,” Blues coach Mike Yeo stated. “I believe you’re pressured to dig in just a little extra defensively and be just a little extra engaged within the battle in your D-zone, in any other case you’re going to be caught there the entire evening. I believe it helped him to get entangled, to get puck touches and be ok with his sport.”
The primary man again is normally the centerman,” Bennett stated. “In case you can develop these abilities, it helps you in the long term as a winger.”
In camp, the Blues gave an extended look to their children however didn’t waste a lot time on sending Bennett out, although he was on a one-way contract.
I believe I used to be hesitant in camp for no matter cause,” he stated. “I wasn’t on my toes and being aggressive sufficient. I’ve been doing that down there. It was little stint down there.”
In follow Tuesday, the Blues used him on the third line with Magnus Paajarvi and Oskar Sundqvist.


Defenseman Colton Parayko missed a lot of the third interval in opposition to Colorado on Thursday after taking a puck to the hand, then returned Saturday and performed nearly 22 minutes, with 5 photographs on objective and 4 extra photographs that have been blocked.
“I at all times wish to play,” he stated Tuesday, “but it surely’s a type of issues the place it's a must to make certain to take precautions. I’d quite miss 10 minutes of a sport than perhaps proceed to play and damage it extra and doubtlessly miss a month or a few weeks or extra. … It damage fairly dangerous.”
Parayko’s sport in opposition to Vegas, in keeping with not less than one set of analytics, was not solely his better of the season, however probably the greatest by a Blues participant all season. Parayko had a five-on-five Corsi For Proportion, a measurement of possession, of 80.77 p.c. That’s the very best proportion for a Blues defenseman and a quantity exceeded simply 3 times within the first 9 video games.


In follow Tuesday, the Blues moved Vladimir Tarasenko onto the road with Brayden Schenn and Jaden Schwartz and put Vladimir Sobotka with Paul Stastny and Alexander Steen. … Carl Gunnarsson missed follow for private causes however is predicted again Wednesday. ... The Blues’ 49 photographs in opposition to Vegas have been their most in a sport since March 19, 2016 at Vancouver. They gained that sport Three-Zero. … The 22 photographs the Blues allowed to Vegas have been their fewest this season and the least since permitting 22 to Arizona on March 27 final season. … Bennett now not has the Chrysler Pacifica minivan he had in coaching camp, which he took ribbing from his teammates about. He’s now driving a Nissan Rogue, although he stated, “I’m making an attempt to determine a brand new automotive state of affairs out.” ... Bennett will put on No. 78, a quantity he wore as a child. At his earlier NHL stops, Pittsburgh and New Jersey, they wouldn’t let him put on it. “New Jersey has no excessive numbers, however (Marcus) Johansson is No. 90 this 12 months,” Bennett stated, “so I believe it was simply no excessive numbers for me.”
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