Right now, no. Rosters are jammed. Many kids made opening rosters, including a bunch of '17 picks. But injuries change the landscape. And a team in a build-up, like Vegas or Vancouver, will always be prowling for younger guys.
Not necessarily. Yeo likes Thompson's mental game at both ends of the ice, so that could earn him continuing third-line work. Now, if he hits the rookie plateau as many do, that's when he could get some AHL time.
Some Canadians call him McJesus. He won't put up Gretzky numbers because the game has changed, but he looms huge over the sport. In a fast sport, he blows everybody away with his jet propulsion acceleration and he can score all day.
He has a chance if the power play clicks. The Blues are really giving him a chance to grow in 5-on-5 play, but he will need a really good power play to pile up the numbers.
That is a pretty dramatic for a fourth-line guy likely to move in and out of the lineup. He'll never be Reaves, but Ryan played 8 or 9 minutes a lot of nights. If Chris is the big dilemma on this team, the team will be OK.
That's up to him. Again, he has won over his coach with his instincts and decision-making on the ice. That and his freakish wingspan makes him effective even as he adapts to the much higher level of play. What the Blues don't want him to do is plateau as a third-line guy. He has Top 6 potential, perhaps at center, and he may need AHL time to help him reach that ceiling. For now, he can use his time on the second PP unit to test and develop his offensive game at this level.
The Piemaker (As Bubba the Love Sponge called him in his Tampa days, due to some promotion or other) sadly appears to be a classic CTE case. His fights were a war of attrition, a "punch in the nose contest" as Kelly Chase would put it.
Well, they used Washington's first-round puck to acquire Brayden Schenn and offload Jori Lehtera. That is a huge payoff. Sanford could become a Top 9 forward one day, but that camp shoulder injury cost him a year.
Legend had him getting up around 300 pounds, but Walt was a thick guy even in top shape. Not like he was trying to win a lot of races out there. His game was net front presence. And Tkachuk still scored at a 30-goal pace in the shortened season, so he quickly got caught up on his conditioning.
That is a huge hammer to put over the head of the second faceoff guy. That said, I presume it will take an egregious violation to get a call late in the game. Also, we made see some scaling back on penalty calls if the players generally comply.
Keenan. The man was quite a party animal in his days. And while he might trade you to Hartford, it's not like you were headed out off your demise in a "reeducation center."
Yeo trying to get Barbashev back to where he was last spring.
As Brian Sutter would say, "hard work is a skill too." That specifically refereed to Richie Sutter. Sadly, Richie could still get turned inside out by a highly skilled guy in cruise control. And I love Richie, a fierce competitor and one of the best guys ever.
I don't see him getting that active with the players. That was a special case. MacInnis observes with the rest of the brain trust up top and confers with Doug Armstrong a lot.
RNH would be the new Stastny in that scenario, a two-way guy to play off of Schenn.
Not if the Stastny/Tarasenko thing is working.
Fans can see the young D-men coming along. So swapping out a big salary spot on the blue line to re-up Parayko and add a legit forward talent in a prime age makes lots of sense. It all worked out well, particularly with the Blues trading back into the first round to get Kostin.
True, but Hitchcock will really, REALLY want Saturday night's game. Should be fun. The Blues will need to shed those home opener jitters quickly.
Young players with real offensive potential should keep playing offensive roles, be it here or in the minors. Plugging prospects into a fourth-line role just stunts their development. Same goes to D-men. If Dunn or Walman are in the NHL, they need to get some PP time and some offensive zone starts to keep developing. Otherwise, put Prosser in that limited role.
Prosser beat him out for the seventh spot this year. That Schmaltz played ahead of him last year -- when not regarded as an elite prospect -- is telling. Chris is down the depth chart.
And neither do the Blues. Brouwer would be more amenable to playing for Yeo, I'm guessing, but the Blues aren't going to throw big money at their third line right now.