Not here, no. The Blues are targeting 2019-20. If they haven't found a younger fourth-line center by then . . .
We'll drop in a NHL note from time to time on a relevant prospect. Only a few of those guys in the minors are relevant. San Antonio ran out of players this year due to injuries and needs up in Colorado. And the Las Vegas organization had some injury issues earlier this year.
He is a so-so prospect. So far he has only progressed to fill-in level. Since he must clear waivers next season, the Blues will either find a roster spot for him with a "one-way" contract or trade him to a team with less depth.
Interesting Stastny will still be an option, if he hits the market and depending on where the dollars go. Free agency offers little down the middle. Armstrong stated that his trade targets at guys with more than one contract year left, so keep that in mind this summer.
Haven't seen a Hutton update from Tom Timmermann from the West Coast yet, but Husso was supposed to meet the team in LA just in case. We could have more later today on STLToday.
The NFL is taking guys after they develop in college. That level weeds out those that lack the drive or the ability to make it. That level also beefs up and develops players. There is a measure of that in college hockey, but most draft picks are younger. Also, note that European pro hockey is different from junior hockey which is different from college hockey. The landscape is enormous and so many guys are drafted on potential, which little insight into how quickly they can adapt to the NHL and if they can even make it. (See Paajarvi, Magnus or Yakupov, Nail.) The Oilers whiffed on both.
Sure, that team is loaded. But it could run into a hot goaltender (Connor Hellebuyck) and a team just as talented (Jets). Or it could run into another playoff tested team like the Kings and fall to a hot Jonathan Quick. Having a loaded team means way more in the NBA. There is no puck luck in the NBA. How often does a much better team lose a series to a clearly lesser team in the playoffs?
Jaskin is on the team because somebody had to be on the team. Other guys got hurt, other guys aren't ready and so forth. Hence the placeholder thing. Clearly this team lacked scoring depth and we discussed that all season, even when the Blues ranked among the league leaders in points. Armstrong would argue that this team was good enough to make the bracket when it was healthy and playing to its ability. Just a good power play might have been enough to convince him to keep Stastny and finish out the season. But, yes, ultimately neither the coaching nor the group proved good enough to overcome adversity so here we are, likely to see more summer adjustments that we expected back in November.
That is likely wishful thinking. A team would really have to fall in love with him to give up a first-round pick, given how fluid the goaltending market will be. It's just a weird year. Would anybody look at him the way Carolina looked at Scott Darling or the Coyotes saw Antti Raanta?
I believe they will play in the NHL next season. At what point and for how long, who knows. Thomas has the better chance to sticking out of camp and sticking all season, given his two-way game.
I was wrong. Schwartz did not boost the team when he came back. Allen did not respond to sitting out after Hutton caught fire. The power play never got going. Edmundson and Bortuzzo got hurt at the same time, subtracting toughness, and Bouwmeester tried to play on one leg. Armstrong bailed on the season with his team still in the thick of the race, selling off Stastny. I absolutely did not see that. We'll never know if this team could have made the playoffs by keeping Stastny and adding a forward like Vanek, but I suppose I can try to make that claim to cover myself.
Sure, they could use a right-handed shot on the power play. But as I've said all year, they need quicker puck movement, quicker player movements, quicker shots and better chemistry. The units have been in turmoil all season and anybody whoever gets the puck on the PP seems to mull options rather than make plays.
Megan is an organization soldier, not a prospect. But still, that is just one more negative to having players scattered over multiple farm teams.
I believe you can go all the way up against the opening of the free agent marketplace. A bunch of guys have been dealt in very late June in advance of July 1. That has become less common with more guys determined to test the full market.
Do I remember? I still carry a Vitali Karamnov card in my wallet for luck.
The whole staff will be up for review after a season like this. Some change seems almost certain.
Less than 50 percent. If the Blues move Allen, I would expect Armstrong to add another NHL veteran to compete with Husso, knowing that the team will control the San Antonio nets next season.
Don't your breath waiting for that. You will pass out.