The 60-player roster has been split into two teams.
Training camp kicks off with many players back, but Hitchcock says 'full-on competition' is there.
Coach promises to place greater emphasis on checking.
Blues hold the leverage over their budding young star — and GM Doug Arnstrong will use it.
Hitchcock says it's a chance for the club to look at young players in a key role.
The Blues may have fallen short in their bid to make the playoffs, but the annual LetsGoBlues.com Playoff Challenge for 2010 is underway!
Woo hoo! (Well, I'd rather the Blues be in the playoffs too...but what can you do?)
If you are new to the format, after the round one entries are received, we split the entries up into groups based on their forum post count...and we usually have a celebrity team and take the picks from ESPN or TSN and put them on a team to see how we compare against them.
Each participant picks the winner of each matchup and also picks the number of games they think each matchup will go. Picking the correct winner gets you two points. If you pick the correct winner, you have a shot at a bonus point by picking the correct number of games the series will go.
There will be a team prize and individual prize. Winners will receive bragging rights and a trophy signature to place in your forum signature spot.
In the past, we've had people participate from all over the world and everyone has a good time.
If you would like to participate, click on the Round 1 link to the right, fill out the form and watch some playoff hockey!