Blais is a solid winger prospect. He has a chance to earn Robby Fabbri's minutes on the wing. Berglund will be the No. 3 when he returns, so Blais has no impact on him.
Vlad needs to shoot more. But, no, he is not part of the supporting cast issue right now.
Great offensive feel. He does a lot of stuff that can't be taught and step by step he is getting better in his own zone. He is not timid. If anything, he gets a bit too aggressive at times. But his early arrival is a huge plus for this team.
I don't notice a big difference. He needs to be more physical and he needs to get more pucks on goal, but we've been saying that for two years. Parayko makes it look easy out there. He gets the puck out of trouble in his zone and up the ice like it's no big deal.
Yeah, and now he is in the doghouse. Also, he got a couple of lucky goals early.
That is next on his to-do list!
He took a puck off his hand. If Andy Strickland is right, then he dodged a bullet and avoided a major problem.
If somebody calls Armstrong and offers useful forward for Jordan Schmaltz, I'm guessing Doug will consider it. Again, you're talking about a guy running ninth or 10th on the depth chart.
That was a bad game for Chicago, uncharacteristic. They are leaning heavily on kids, but like you say, the veterans had disappointing games. Quenneville did not sugar coat it.
Bennett was a disappointing non-factor in the preseason. Injuries through the door wide open for him and he showed little interest in going through it. That might have been his last chance in the NHL.
Hey, if the 'Lanche would prize Jake Walman, perhaps that could work. I like Walman a lot, but he is behind Dunn. Something else would have to give on the cap front to make that deal, since Berglund's cap relief is just temporary.
Appears to be the case, yes. If Armstrong stays the course, he could have a buzzsaw next season.
Hedican played 1,039 NHL games and played a big role in Carolina's Stanley Cup team, so that isn't much of an insult for Parayko. That said, Colton has already had two offensive seasons better than anything Bret did points-wise.
Ceiling? 30-goal guy. That is a high ceiling and he may never reach it. But he is strong on the puck and he has an offensive feel. He needs to just keep pumping pucks on goal and quit deferring to teammates.
Blais can earn second-line, second-PP unit minutes in Fabbri's absence. It is there for him if he can take it.
He is a happier player for sure. He doesn't want to talk about the coaching change, but the change was good for No. 91.
Once Berglund returns, he will need to be playing better to stick. Brodziak is doing a nice job as the No. 4 center and Berglund figures to settle in immediately at No. 3.
The competitive window is wide open. The Blues will have to decide what to do with Stastny and his salary slot, but otherwise this team projects well for 5 to 6 years. Lots of talent coming on entry-level deals to balance the payroll.
He was good within the system, especially in the defensive zone. He thinks the game well and has good instincts. But the pace of the game got the best of him. He who hesitates is lost -- and that happened again and again with Tage.