Sure, it's just high-intensity drills, get the guys engaged right away. These guys have been training all summer, so the staff pushes things to top speed right away. Condensed work schedule.
The top three Blues D men are set for some time, so what happens after JayBo's deal is up and how do the 5/6/7 spots shape up long term. Bortuzzo's toughness makes him an asset and he moves the puck fairly well. Right now Walman and Dunn look like the next two D-men to be more than fill-ins. Right now. Lindbohm and Schmaltz have yet to advance past fill-in status.
No, he has been a disappointment. Injuries have factored in his ability to produce points. But his face-off skills and his ability to win battles down low have made him a valuable player -- just not at those dollars.
A healthy, younger Steen might win that race. Schenn can wheel, so let's see what he looks like in a game. Parayko skates easily for a 6-foot-6 defenseman. Walman skates well too.
Luke has a nice physical element. He could be a nice counter-balance for some of the finesse guys. But I don't see Armstrong going outside the group for help until these younger guys define themselves. As for brothers, Yan and Paul Stastny both played here, but not at the same time.
The Blues haven't ruled out using Walman and/or Dunn this season. i wouldn't be shocked if one of them breaks through quickly, ala Edmundson and and Parayko. I do thing the Blues would be better if at least of them graduates to upgrade the third pairing and second PP unit.
I'd like to see that, too, but it appears Yeo will look at other combos early on.
Yeo makes out the nightly lineup. In that sense, he has final say. Armstrong could say he wants a guy on the team but Yeo could refuse to play him. But . . . there may be a time when GM will want to house a player while looking to make a trade and the coach plays along to be a good soldier.
In a post-Shattenkirk world, I'd probably go with the captain. Alex Pietrangelo.
Several college guys in this group, so that's a tough call. And there are pretty sharp guys that came out of the junior ranks too. None of these guys brought their toys . . .
I like a first unit of Tarasenko, Stastny and Schenn up front and Steen and Pietrangelo on the points. That would put Parayko, Schwartz and Fabbri on the second unit. With Berglund out as a net front presence guy, that creates an opening in that group. Sobotka lacks size, but he did play on the PP in the KHL. Bennett played on the PP in Jersey. Also, either Walman or Dunn would be a good PP2 point fit across from Parayko. And some day Tage Thompson could be a beast on the PP.
One, I believe the linesmen should be loose on the offsides calls to keep the game flowing. Why pay big bucks to walks plays blown dead? If they go back to blowing everything dead, as you suggest they could be safe, then Bettman needs to step in and tell them to cut it out. The hairline offside call in hockey is about as ridiculous as it gets in sport.
Look at how many AHL teams have moved in the past 10 years. It is a tough economic proposition. The Blues owned the Rivermen in Peoria and lost money. The Blues hoped a team would go to K.C. and become an affiliate, but that deal didn't come together. The league has moved into some West Coast cities hoping for fresh life.
Yes, you are wrong. He scored 23 goals, broke even on faceoffs (which is good on this team), finished second only to Ryan Reaves on hits and had the third-most blocked shots among Blues forwards. Solid third-round guy.
We are not privy to the fitness testing results. If I had to ask one Blue to help push a car out of a ditch, I'd go with Parayko.
OK, looks like were' done here for the day. See you next time!