Following what has been a disappointing season for the St. Louis Blues prospects in the AHL so far, Mark Cundari will be the lone representative of the Peoria Rivermen at the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic.
Had the lockout not ended, it is likely that Jaden Schwartz and Ian Cole would have made the All-Star roster. Schwartz was third in team scoring with nine goals and 19 points before the NHL and NHLPA reached an agreement. However, the Blues pulled both players to their camp and they are expected to be in the lineup when the team opens the season Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings. The Rivermen sit fifth in the Midwest Division with just 17 wins this season.
Cundari came to the organization as an undrafted free agent after a successful junior career with the Windsor Spitfires (OHL). He won a Memorial Cup with the team in 2009 and 2010, and was a teammate of future NHLers Taylor Hall, Adam Henrique and Ryan Ellis. He has impressed as an AHL defenseman and is now in his third season. His 16 points place him fifth on the team this season, and earned him a call up for the finals days of Blues training camp. He will likely return to Peoria for the rest of the AHL season, but could see a call-up if there is an injury with the Blues. Cundari is currently in the final year of a two-way entry level deal.
The All-Star Classic will feature a skill competition on Jan. 27 followed by the All-Star Game on Jan. 28. All events take place at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.