The Blues’ captain, defenseman Eric Brewer, had to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on his right knee Thursday in Vancouver, therby allowing him to get injured by a Canuck. Brewer (as per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch) tore a ligament in his knee doing rehab for his second back surgery this summer.
Apparently it might only add a few weeks to his absence at the start of the season, but considering that no one really knows how long his absence is going to be, this makes the situation even more interesting. Kids will be competing for his spot, at the very least to get a taste of the NHL. John Davidson in the above linked article rules out getting a defenseman to replace Brewer, which points to letting that come from the inside. With the recent acquisition of Brendan Bell from the Ottawa Senators on a two-way contract, he could be a contender.
Mike Weaver is on a 2-way contract as well (if this is incorrect, please let me know, but I believe that he is), so he could be a candidate to be sent to Peoria either post-camp or when Brewer comes back. Both of these young guys are going to have to fend off stiff competition from the 4th overall pick in the 2008 draft, Alex Pietrangelo, who has said that he fully intends to be on the starting squad this season. Eric Johnson wants them to be like MacInnis and Pronger, and the two have done some workouts together – let’s see if Brewer’s injury let’s this be the year.