Whoever said that preseason doesn’t matter, or that Septemeber hockey has no meaning or does not matter, that person is wrong. For the St. Louis Blues, September is where the roster takes shape, and where preparation for a title defense begins.
No, there aren’t any games that are going to count towards the Blues’ win/loss record that will be played in September. However, that doesn’t mean that you can look past the importance of the preseason.
There have been countless players who have made an impact either at the Traverse City Tournament or during training camp itself, but even if they didn’t do enough to make the team, they still laid the groundwork for a promising career.