Yes, the lack of "superstar" talent feeds into that underrated/fluky narrative. And it's not the most wide-open, flashy style of play. I remember Jake Allen and even Brayden Schenn saying earlier in the season that the team didn't have the most exciting style of play. But it works _ better than anyone in the league last year. The Blues may not have a true superstar, but to paraphrase Doug Armstrong, they have a lot of really good players. And annually one of the league's top defenses.
Interesting question. I remember talking to O"Reilly earlier in the season about why he doesn't wear a visor. He just said it made him too uncomfortable. So if players are indeed required to wear a visor if/when play resumes, it wil be an adjustment for him to be sure. In an article by TSN's Frank Seravalli from late October, he said there were only 19 NHL players currently playing without a visory.
I think he can be a 15-to-25 goal scorer. As this season progressed, he started looking for his shot more. And with his passing ability, he's certainly capable of 50 assists. So I'd say somewhere in that 65 to 75 point range per season. That's probably not what you'd call "elite" but it's certainly fits the mold of another "really good player."
Berube and Armstrong have not shared their inner-most thoughts with me on this topic. They've said all the right things publicly.
I don't answer chat questions in chronological order, and this I believe was the first question on the board. Or one of the first. I appreciate your enthusiasm "pugger." I myself am impressed that there are as many questions as we continue to get every week being that we're closing in on 3 months into this coronavirus pause. It speaks to the passion of Blues fans, and for that I'm highly appreciative.
It's certainly one of the team's biggest strengths. The overall maturity of the team should help them navigate these most unusual cirumstances (including being stuck in a hub city). And I think the team has the makeup to self-motivate, because that's what it will take minus fans.
Last I heard, he was playing in Sweden. (Would he qualify as a Blues "Where are they now?")
More often than not, his timing has been very good when it comes to knowing when to unload veterans.
Yes, I think the Blues would like to win one _ or I should say, another one _ for Bouwmeester. Not sure if he'd want to be on the bench. But there would certainly be value to having hi around. Remember though, it looks like each team is limited to a group of 50 _ and that includes everyone, players, coaches, trainers, equipement staff.
Now "Mad Dog" only played 20 games for the Blues _ they were his only 20 NHL games. Is he worth tracking down?
I do not have a preference. Don't do much "sightseeing" on the road. Not sure if the Blues have a preference either.
I'd like to see Parayko at tight end. Might have to add a few pounds for that. The vision of Robert Thomas on a soccer field might be interesting.
Duly noted. Last time I talked to Berglund was right before the start of camp in 2018, or about 2 months after the Buffalo trade.
OK, we've reached the open mic portion of our program. We've run through the list of questions. So now's the time to get a question in if you're so inclined.
The last I heard is that Phase 3 (training camp) will start no earlier than July 10. But nothing official yet.
I don't think first year. Or maybe not even second year. But I certainly think he's worthy of consideration. Did you watch the "History Made" director's cut show _ I think it was the March Down Market episode. In it, the Keeper of the Cup _ Philip Pritchard _ told Bouwmeester he was only one of I think it was 29 players to win a Stanley Cup, a World Cup and an Olympic gold. I think he's Hall-worthy.
I heard about a week ago that some Blues were skating informally here in St. Louis. (But not at Centene.) I've also heard Andy Strickland mentione that some Blues are skating.
I'll add him to the list.
OK folks, looks like that's it for the day. Look for our story Thursday on Frank St. Marseille in the latest installment of "Where are they now." And scheduled to run on Friday, we caught up with yet another Chaminade player who made the NHL _ Chris Wideman, who's now headed to the KHL. Thanks for playing and talk to you next week.