Even though there is a league-wide player work stoppage, some players are still doing what they can to improve their skills and maintain a good work ethic.

Blues prospects Jaden Schwartz and Ian Cole are no exception. Both players joined the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL in September and have enjoyed jumping into the full experience of playing in the Central Illinois city, which is just 167 miles South of Chicago.

“It’s a grind every night,” said Schwartz, who was the Blues’ 1stselection , 14th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. “Bus trips are fun to be on. You play a lot of games in a short amount of days. It’s a good experience. I haven’t been a part of it for too long yet, but I am definitely having fun.”