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He is. I took a couple of road games and Tom took a couple of road games to ease him in a bit. But he is still our lead guy.
It has been predictably uneven. His garbage time goal off the rush reminded us of his offensive upside. But on the road, opposing coaches are going to target him when possible with scoring lines. Dunn will have a big future if he keeps improving. Overall, he is ahead of schedule.
Let's see what Blais can do. He was outstanding in the preseason, so he could become a fact. I like Paajarvi's play, but he isn't a finisher. Same for Sundqvist -- very solid, not much finish. Bumping Sobotka back there once Steen heals would help, but, yes, it make take Berglund's return to get this team back to three-line strength.
Everybody was getting a look on the right side of that second line -- and that might continue. Yeo would love Jaskin to accept his wake-up call and finally emerge, but we'll all have to see that to believe it. So, yes. Blais could get some work there if he plays well.
I don't see the trade value there. His fill-in work in the NHL raised his value a notch, maybe, but the AHL is heavily scouted and Dunn really outplayed him in Chicago. Then Walman passed him too. And Yeo loves Prosser as a No. 7. Right now Schmaltz is just a depth guy. If somebody wants to offer a forward for him, he or she should give Doug Armstrong a call.
Surprises everywhere. Vegas off and running. Devils scoring goals. Red Wings decidedly less terrible. Yakupov scoring goals for the resurgent Avalanche. Meanwhile, the talented young Coyotes team staggered out of the gate. Such is the fun of the first week.
Jaskin leads that charge, of course. He was already on the clock before his violation of team rules. Last week I would have pointed to Gunnarsson, but he had a great first week and his salary is reasonable. So that takes pressure off the young D-men. Stastny is in his last year, but he is a nice two-way player who could hold up as a tag team with Schenn.
Hutton is a great back-up. He is not costly and he plays well in limited duty. Husso? Who knows if he can play at this level, much less play well part-time. He will have to wait his turn, as Bishop and Allen did before finally sticking.
Maybe, but Kyrou has massive potential. Sending him back to serve as team captain, pile up lots of points and get stronger is not a bad thing. Let him dominate for another season so he arrives as a Top 6 forward. Both he and Thomas could be factors next season.
Different players. The Blues would love him to become a rangy center like the great Joe Nieuwendyk. Tage has a nice skill set, but he is at least a half-step behind the NHL pace right now. No time to think out there -- Tage needs to make those bang-bang plays by feel. But he is on schedule coming out of college. Some AHL time will do him good.
Yeo like Thompson's fit with Sundqvist and Paajarvi. That line showed some promise. But then the regular season pace got the best of Tage. Thompson showed flashes of brilliance, but he suffered some ill-timed turnovers.
The coaches are still waiting to see some hunger from Jaskin. He fell out of the rotation last season and he would have been outside the mix this year, too, but for all the injuries. And with Blais, Thompson, Kostin, Thomas and Kyrou on the climb, that clock is ticking.
I don't think that is a standard NHL stat, but it would be a great stat to keep. You're right, we're seeing some not-so-competitive draws with guys afraid of taking a penalty.
Bouwmeester suffered a broken ankle. So he will need to rebuild his skating once he gets healthy. That could take time. Once he is back with the team, it make take another week past that. And, yes, Dunn would go somewhere in the AHL if he is not playing here.
I never saw a fit here for Duchene because of the trade price and the salary cap -- and Schenn's surprising good play at center just adds to that. I could see the Blues trying to land a stop-gap winger to get through the injury crisis. Again, will all those young forwards showing well, the Blues seem less likely to make cap room for a big-salary forward.
Now that could be an interesting guy for this team some day, given Detroit's need for young D-men. Would it make sense to move the loser of the Dunn/Walman derby for a skilled forward with some upside? That would not be a ridiculous idea.
It's not easy, as we saw with Binnington going to Providence. Blais had a productive first weekend, prepping him for a quick return. One good thing: Key prospects Thomas, Kyrou and Toropchenko are in healthy junior hockey situations. In a year, they could get time in San Antonio with Blues-picked coaches.
Sure, he could play his way into the NHL. The coaches saw progression from him in camp. If that continues in the A, the Blues definitely have room for him.
Jagr played for the Flames coach Glen Gulutzan before, so that was a comfort level there.
Close call there. In their prime, they were similarly productive forwards, although Ronning stayed in his prime a lot longer. Both guys were undersized, but they had different strengths. Emerson was fast and shifty, especially good on the rush. Ronning was a tiny version of a true No. 1 center, somebody who could set up in the offensive zone and control play. And he was hungry to score. Ronning was deadly on the PP as a result.