Steen isn't a kid any more. He's also had a lot of injuries and played through them. He's a guy the team needs more from. In his last 11 games he has put 33 shots on goal and produced seven points. So that is a step forward.
Allen is 15-6-2 and he has been fine in his last four appearances. I don't see a need for panic.
Having a quantity guy from various countries at that event speaks well of their potential and no more. It means they are very good against their own age group. That is is encouraging. But plenty of guys shine at the World Junior Championships and don't get a whiff of the NHL. Remember Konstantin Zakharov? Back in the day he outscored Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin in the World U-18 tourney. As a pro he never got past the Peoria Rivermen before returning to the safety of Belarus.
In this case, the Blues have guys have some guys that independent analysts grade very well. Can they rise to this level and sustain it? We shall see, but having multiple candidates improves the odds quite a bit. It's not like the Blues are counting on one guy.
Prosser was No. 8. The Blues could have sent Dunn down and Prosser would still only be No. 7. So what's the point? The Blues have Chris Butler, Jordan Schmaltz and Petteri Lindbohm in the AHL. All three have NHL experience and skill levels. Also, Dunn has played well enough to help this team win games. And the Blues aren't so great that they can send down a player capable of helping them win games just to keep an extra guy off waivers.
Reaves played fewer than 10 minutes per game, typically, and didn't factor in the PP. So there is no comparison to Backes there. The Blues miss his ability to hit with leverage, but getting a potential long-term goal scorer from him was too good of an opportunity to pass up.
Actually the Blues hope Tarasenko can elevate others when the coaches move him away from Schenn/Schwartz. I'm not a fan of that. I see Edmonton doing it and it kills their team. Just play McDavid and Draisaitl together EVERY SINGLE SHIFT and be done with it. Hitchcock is messing with Seguin that way. Hate it!
J.R. works for The Athletic now and I believe he takes his questions via Twitter.
Don't get me started on the team passing on Paul Stastny in the second round. The Blues consistently failed in the later rounds and like you note with Johnson, they whiffed on the one No. 1 overall pick they got.
Not sure who all pulls duty in the bear outfit. I always wanted to do that once and make a mockery of it. Lawsuits!
He seems to be getting into it now. His improvement will be key to getting better PK results. The old JayBow was tough on the PK. Can get back to that?
OK, I am exhausted. Thanks for all the questions and comments. See you next time!