Like Bouwmeester, Steen has no-trade protection. Like Jay, is a popular teammate and integral to the team chemistry. Like Bouwmeester, he plays tough minutes. :Like Jay, he is a good guy to have on a team with many players still in development. The Blues re-upped Steen for a reason. Nothing has happened to make management sour on him.
Vince Dunn, D: High-end offensive potential, seems to get better at NHL level each week.
Sammy Blais, W: Proven AHL scorer, potential NHL finisher. Must improve his play away from the puck, especially in the D zone.
Tage Thompson, W-C: Rangy forward (6-foot-5ish) with a nice wrist shot. Good feel for the game at both ends, but must adapt to NHL pace.
Klim Kostin, W: Pro body, potential goal scorer, still adapting to North American game after playing second-tier Russian league.
Robert Thomas, C: Top two-way center in the Ontario Hockey League. Could be factor next year.
Jordan Kyrou, C-W: Speedy, explosive OHL scorer. Needs to strengthen overall game.
Jake Walman, D: Elite prospect, making the hard adjustment to pro hockey with Chicago Wolves.
As the players noted after the game, the Blues collectively felt they never really "got to their game" as Yeo likes to stay. Late goals made the effort look better than it really was.
I can't say that. Did the Blues have the goaltending to win big that year? No they did not. Sutter was no fan of the departed players, so I doubt he would have put them in position to star in the postseason.
If the Flames would eat almost all that contract, sure.
Perron was OK here the second time around, but I don't the Blues giving up much for another reunion there. Ideally Blais would get over the hump. And Sanford could still become a factor at the end of the year.
The Bruins do have some interesting younger forwards that haven't quite cracked the top groups. And, again, the team still has NHL-caliber D-men in the minors and it will need that $2.9 million of cap space next season.
Kostin doesn't turn 19 until May. He missed much of last season to injury. He has to adapt to the North American game. If anything, he is ahead of schedule just playing in the AHL.
Right now Armstrong has to be in the Top 5. He has the Blues loaded to compete for years to come. The Schenn trade was epic and his scouts are found more good players later in drafts. He hasn't won the ultimate prize here, but otherwise he has done fine work.
i would put Ray Shero atop the pile. After doing what he did in Pittsburgh, he is quickly turning around the Devils. David Poile is right there, too. Didn't quite win a cup in Nashville, but he has made bold move after bold move over the years while also producing steady player development. Stan Bowman is also in the upper tier, winning while also working around cap issues. Then I would out Armstrong into the pile.
Now that this team is getting goals from forwards outside the first line, there are no glaring issues. Let's see what Berglund does settling in and if Blais can stick. Also, is Jaskin back to being a potential 15- to 20-goal guy after flirting with The Reaper?
Berglund is a piece to the puzzle. If he is on his game and using his size, he could have real value in the playoffs. But goaltending will remain the top issue heading into the postseason because it is the great equalizer.
The Blues are thrilled with Kyrou's potential. Will he do it at the NHL level? We'll see. But the Blues aren't disappointed that he isn't in the NHL at age 19. So it's early to dismiss him as a mistake. Check back in three or four years.
Jarome wasn't attractive in the summer because of his lack of speed and he's been hurt during his attempted run-up to the Olympics. So, no.
No idea of where his talks with Tom Stillman are. I know Doug wants to finish the job he started and Tom should keep him. Overall, his stock is soaring with the team's ongoing talent build-up.
Define "propel." That is the dilemma. The definition varies from call to call. Goals can deflect off the glove, foot, etc. and intent can be hard to discern at times. I was OK with the goal.
Yeah, fair point. He held his ground on Drouin and made a good trade with him. He also got Stamkos to sign for team-friendly bucks. The Bolts have a shot this year. So Yzerman, Shero, Bowman, Poile and Armstrong.
The Blackhawks are getting mileage from young guys. DeBrincat is one, Schmaltz is another. But Coach Q wasn't happy with some of the offseason moves and it's no secret that he and Stan Bowman have had their difference. Remember, Stan canned Q's long-time aide Mike Kitchen.