So I stopped by the Blues team store today and to my surprise they had the new Adidas jerseys on display. These were made in Canada.
Unfortunately I couldn't try one on but, after a brief inspection, the construction of the jersey seem similar to the EDGE. The only thing that seemed weird to me was the shoulders - not just the material but the assembly itself. I'm not a clothing designer but it's like there's an extra panel of material on the shoulder yoke for some reason? Looking at release photos of other teams, this seems to be a standard part of the ADIZERO template.
When the NHL released photos and descriptions of the ADIZERO jerseys, I was scared the new material would be snag prone like EDGE 1.0s. After seeing and feeling it in person, the new material seems like it should hold up well to abuse. Junkyard's description of it in the original post was perfect. It basically feels like air-knit without holes.
Personally, I'm indifferent about the new collar design but not a fan of the new NHL shield. It's a bit too flashy in my opinion.
Only the home blue jersey was customized. What I found interesting was it had sublimated numbers with perforated holes just like the World Cup jerseys. I had a brief conversation with the salesclerk and was told this type of customization is something Adidas is trying to market to teams so this was done as a prototype. Apparently the Blues aren't the biggest fans of it. I'm not sure if they will continue to use Liebe but it will be interesting to see how the gamers are customized when the upcoming season begins.