ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Defenseman Colton Parayko will see plenty of familiar faces in the stands through St. Louis’ Canada road trip this week. The St. Albert native grew up just minutes away from the Edmonton Oilers facility, and he will be back on Thrusday when the Oilers host the Blues.
But just seeing family and friends isn’t the only exciting part of coming home for Parayko, it will also be to see the brand new arena, Rodgers Place.
“A lot of my friends say it’s pretty amazing,” Parayko says. “They said (the Oilers) did it right and I’m really looking forward to getting there and seeing what it’s all about.”
Although he hasn’t been able to keep track of how many tickets he has given to family and friends, chances are it will be a big cheering section.
Parayko has two assists through the Blues first three games in 2016-17. And he was busy this offseason playing with Team North America, who failed to make it out of the round robin stage. He earned five assists in five game, and had a plus-minus of +3.
The second year player was named to the All-Rookie team and was in the top-10 of consideration for the Calder Trophy in 2015-16. He says he’s also learned a lot from last year’s trip to the Western Conference Finals and this year’s hot start will go a long way.
“I think the most important thing would be home ice advantage,” Parayko says. “So finishing in the top two of your division would be the biggest thing I could say. That just gives you that opportunity for home-ice advantage if you need it in Game 7.”
St. Louis was 2-0 last year in Game 7’s, winning one at home vs Chicago, then winning in Dallas the next round.
The Blues look to go 4-0 to start the 2016-17 campaign, and face the also undefeated Vancouver Canucks tonight at 9 p.m. CT. Listen to action on KMOX.
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