St. Louie Blues Underdogs
By Laura Lee - March 24, 2023

Many well-known players are on the St. Louis Blues roster for the 2022–23 season. Some players, though, are unquestionably undervalued. The 2022–23 roster is devoid of colossal superstars. Instead, they are based on a great depth and goal scorers who are better than average. Doug Armstrong, the general manager of the Blues, has done a fantastic job of maintaining prosperity for more than ten years. As a result, it’s critical to draw attention to the roster’s several undervalued players.

Justin Faulk has had two seasons of solid performance. He hasn’t, however, been given credit he merits in the NHL defenseman rankings. Most people portray his defensive partner Torey Krug as superior, which is simply untrue. Although Krug has performed admirably for the Blues, Faulk has excelled in many areas. Faulk earned the second-most points and goals in a season of his career in 2021–22 with 16 goals and 47 points, demonstrating his dependability and consistency throughout his NHL career of 11 seasons.

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Before the 2021 Draft, the Blues acquired Buchnevich from the New York Rangers through a deal. Following the exchange, they offered him a four-year contract with an AAV of $5.8 million. After one season, they seem to have gotten an excellent value out of this. With 76 points in 73 games last season, he was the most underappreciated player to average over a point per game. Nearing his tenure end with the Rangers, he was moving in this direction, but everything has come together in St. Louis. In the 2022–23 season and beyond, the Blues will significantly benefit from his versatility and reliable passing.

After just 19 NHL games, it may seem a stretch to call Scott Perunovich undervalued, but bear with me. In the 19 regular-season games and seven postseason contests last season, Perunovich displayed exceptional talent and composure. He has been employed frequently as a quarterback for power plays, but he can be more for the 2022–2023 squad. With his passing skills and vision, he is too valuable to watch games this season from the press box.