As for David Frost, his agent, haven't heard much about him lately.
Those guys in that order.
Fabbri is an obvious choice, although he could end up centering the third line and playing on the second PP unit, which would not translate easily into 55 to 60 points. On defense, Joel Edmundson made his big move in the playoffs and that could continue.
Sure, right wing could be his quickest ticket to the NHL. He would need a lot more work on his overall game to play center at this level.
On paper, this team has a change to build on last season's transition success. There is plenty of growth potential. More skill coming along on the blue line and more firepower up front. If Jake Allen is the goaltender we saw down the stretch, then they could take a run at the division title.
Centers typically take faceoffs, which is a big deal. They also have a much bigger job in the defensive zone, covering more ice and joining defensemen in the battle down low. Centers typically play key role on breakouts from the defensive zone as well and often rush the puck up ice. The forwards are generally more interchangeable in the offensive zone.
Dallas in St. Louis for the first Saturday of the season? Yes please. Hitchcock will have his guys flying.
The NHL is a speed game now. Polak doesn't really fit. He couldn't crack this organization's Top 10. Walman and Dunn are close to making the NHL. Prosser is solid. Schmaltz, Lindbohm and Butler have all proven capable of filling in. No place for the Rominator.
Limited. Schmaltz passed him last year, Prosser come in ahead of him and Dunn and Walman are both climbing.
You have already seen it -- Jake Allen. He and the old staff did not lock. Brodeur smoothed things over and now Jake is better situated with David Alexander as his coach.
Carl would appear vulnerable to getting moved at some point. He has done a solid job here, but one of the kids could move onto the second PP unit and give the team some of what it lost in Shattenkirk. Once defensive injuries start piling up around the league, perhaps teams will be willing to take on Carl and the rest of his deal.
No, Hitchcock worked year to year and it went quite well until last season. I believe Doug as a pretty sound long-term vision for the team and I believe Stillman will come to see that.
In short spurts, yes, but I believe this team needs to put a legit score across from No. 91 to get the most out of him. Sobotka can play off the top guys and do some dirty work for them, but I believe he is best deployed as a counter-attacker.
Toronto! That way you see the 117 or so former Blues in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Folks there are just insane about hockey. This year the Note goes to Ottawa after Toronto, but the next time they do Toronto-Montreal back-to-back, THAT would be a trip.
I could see Pietrangelo bidding for the Norris Trophy. I can see him pumping up his point total with high profile PP work and his stellar defensive play could also get more attention. He is real close to getting there.
Uh, no. That is conduct unbecoming.