I haven't seen much of them, but the coaching change had a big effect on Anze Kopitar. He's back! So is Jake Muzzin. Wait till the Carter line gets going and Martinez gets back on the blue line. Indeed, they appear to be back with Pierre Turgeon as the offensive coordinator.
He'll have take shorter term and prove he can stay healthy. At this point the Blues can't be sure that Robby will go on to have a normal career, much less become a star.
The assistants split up areas of focus, such as forwards vs. defensemen, the PP and the PK. Ott is new to coaching, but as his bosses note, he has played in a lot of systems. He was a good penalty killer, so he has value there.
Again, Hutton is a proven back-up. Those guys have value. Ask the Penguins, who don't have the right back-up. If Husso stars in the AHL, then that changes things. But, again, look at how long Bishop and Allen played in the AHL for guidance on goaltender development.
Yeah, he got crushed at MSG when he hesitated for a second along the way. Thompson needs to get up to pro speed. But there are real skills there and he has good feel for the game at both ends. He just needs to adjust.
Technically, you do need four pro goaltenders. One guy gets hurt, then another . . . it can happen. Eventually Binnington could run out of time if he doesn't rise up. At that point he would be likely to sign a AHL deal somewhere or try Europe. Not much trade value for No. 4s.
Schenn jumped up to knock down a puck, then he took gratuitous hits front and back when he was vulnerable, with Haley lowering the shoulder on his half of it. Schenn objected and Haley ended up earning the pin. There was also some chit-chat.
No doubt about it. He is good as there is defensively and he could scored 60 points this season, given his assignment.
Funny thing, that topic just came up on the NHL Network Radio. He is waiting for the call or he will play in the Olympics. He must really be slow, because if the Flames signed Jagr, why not Iginla, who is an icon in that market.
Thompson went down in the A, with Blais coming up. Given all the injuries, Jaskin shouldn't go on waivers any time soon. What if another couple of guys get hurt?
Yeah, Gilmour for Mike Bullard. Ugh. The Ed Houston arbitration ruling. Yikes! Federko for Oates, great, Oates for Janney, not so much. This is how you avoid winning a Cup.
Steen is closer, since he can skate. We may have a better idea on both next week when the team is working at home.
Is he draft-eligible for '18? If so, yes, he is helping his case. As for the Blues, it's a bit early to write off junior-level goaltenders for a team with four pros stacked up. Although it's not too early to have scouts building draft profiles for next summer.
Sure, John Tavares could put this team over the top -- which is why 25 or 26 teams would love him. But I see him staying in New York. As I noted earlier, Schenn's eye-opening play at center changes a bit. And with a half-dozen young forwards showing promise, Blues management will start plotting out long-term cap space so this team can assemble deep, talented team. Next year's camp could be fascinating with those half-dozen guys pushing.
Yes, solid guy, blue collar soldier. Sundqvist is solid, but he needs to score here and there to be more than a fourth-liner.
Here's the thing: The elite prospects get to the NHL very quickly. They pass through the AHL if they play there at all. (See Keller, Clayton). The best prospects get their chance for cap reasons. Those entry level contracts are gold. So the forwards and D-men who linger in the minors for a while . . . yeah, those are often guys that quite can't play at the NHL speed.
Of course the Cup would bring such honors. Fans don't want to hear it, but the real fun will come in a year or two with the young guys piling up. Those guys will join prime-age guys like Tarasenko, Pietrangelo, Schenn, Schwartz, Parayko, Allen, Edmundson in a very good nucleus.
All-Star this year? No. I assume you don't consider Schwartz and Parayko as young.
He will be a free agent this summer. Somebody will pay him, but for how long? The Blues won't pay long term to an old guy, not with the talent coming.
Yeah, he might be close to qualifying as legally dead under Pennsylvania state law.