St. Louis Blues Forward Could be Ready for Season Opener

While speaking with reporters, St. Louis Blues forward Alexey Toropchenko wouldn't rule out the possibility of being ready to go for the club's season opener. 
Toropchenko returned to practice on Thursday even though he was expected to be out of action until December. Yet, given the fact that he was on the ice, it is clear that he is recovering from his injury at a quicker rate than previously predicted.

Toropchenko is in the running to play bottom-six minutes for the Blues this season. The 23-year-old played in 28 games for the team last season, where he had two goals. Yet, he was a noticeable force in the physical side of the game, as his 69 hits show perfectly. This element of his play makes him valuable to have, and given his recent comments, it seems possible that the Blues will have it on opening night.

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