With his new contract signed and visa issues in the past, Marcus Kruger is expected to make his preseason debut in St. Louis on Thursday night.
Kruger will lead a Hawks roster loaded with players still fighting for the remaining roster spots. Veterans Andrew Desjardins, Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw will be joined by Marko Dano, Viktor Tikhonov, Dennis Rasmussen, Garret Ross, Vince Hinostroza, Kyle Baun and Ryan Hartman up front.
Brandon Mashinter and Ville Pokka, recalled earlier on Thursday from Rockford, will also dress.
Pokka will skate with fellow defensemen Trevor Daley, Trevor vanRiemsdyk, David Rundblad, Viktor Svedberg and Erik Gustafsson.
Scott Darling is expected to play the entire game; Michael Leighton will serve as backup.