ST. LOUIS The ice at Scottrade Center is mostly quiet these days, except when its lent to local youth hockey clubs for practices or games. Nowhere to be found is the sellout crowds and exciting hockey the Blues brought last season when they won their first playoff series in a decade.
Some Blues have headed overseas to play during the lockout while others meet at the Hardees Iceplex in the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield each morning to run through drills and scrimmage against each other.
But a group of Blues prospects are playing less than three hours from St. Louis in Peoria, Ill., honing their skills and preparing to battle for a roster spot whenever the lockout does come to an end.
The Blues AHL affiliate the Peoria Rivermen boasts ten players that appeared in at least one game for the Blues last season and many others who could be there in the near future. Its not the NHL, but right now its the closest thing to it.
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