ST. LOUIS – Hockey season is on the horizon. The St. Louis Blues hit the ice for their 2022-23 season opener on Saturday, and fans now have an idea who they might see at Enterprise Center this weekend.

The Blues released their 23-man Opening Night roster on Monday, five days ahead of the team’s first game this season against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Blues have the opportunity to dress 18 skaters and two goaltenders on Opening Night. Three others will not play and represent scratches.

Here is a look at St. Louis’ squad to start the new season…

Forwards

  • Noel Acciari
  • Ivan Barbashev
  • Logan Brown
  • Pavel Buchnevich
  • Jordan Kyrou
  • Josh Leivo
  • Jake Neighbours
  • Ryan O’Reilly
  • Brandon Saad
  • Brayden Schenn
  • Vladimir Tarasenko
  • Robert Thomas
  • Alexey Toropchenko
  • Nathan Walker

Defenseman

  • Robert Bortuzzo
  • Justin Faulk
  • Torey Krug
  • Nick Leddy
  • Niko Mikkola
  • Colton Parayko
  • Calle Rosen

Goaltenders

  • Jordan Binnington
  • Thomas Greiss

Long-term Injured Reserve

  • Scott Perunovich
  • Marco Scandella

Since the Blues don’t play until Saturday, roster changes could still be made prior to Saturday’s game.

Much of that will depend on how much money gets freed up by placing injured defensemen Scott Perunovich and Marco Scandella on the injured reserve. The Blues are already running close to this year’s $83.1 million salary cap.

The Blues are resolving the financials of the long-term IR moves ahead of the new season. This allows the team to add forwards Jake Neighbors and Josh Leivo to the Opening Night roster without cap restrictions. Both were assigned to the AHL-affiliate Springfield Thunderbirds on Monday, but recalled Tuesday after front office procedures.

The Opening Night roster features 20 players from last year, all but one of that bunch who saw action in the playoffs. Noel Acciari, Thomas Greiss and Josh Leivo are the only new additions. They arrive after the losses of David Perron, Tyler Bozak and Ville Husso in the offseason.

The Blues begin the new season at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, When they start, they will be the last NHL team to play their first game of the new season. Every other team plays at least one by Friday, and some will have played in up to three games.

To pass the time between the oddly-long wait, the Blues are practicing three days in North Charleston, South Carolina, this week as part of a team bonding trip.

“We’ve got some new guys [on the team], and even if we didn’t, it’s good for guys to get away,” Blues Head Coach Craig Berube told WCBD in North Carolina. “Get some cohesiveness, some chemistry together, just bond a little bit. It makes you tighter. You have to be a tight hockey team to be successful in this League.”

Fans can watch the first Blues game Saturday on Bally Sports Midwest, beginning with an hour-long pregame special at 6 p.m. That programming will also feature roster introductions.