Yes, he's been with Blues all camp. Went with the team to Annapolis on the bonding trip. He's even been on the ice a little bit providing some instructing.
I don't think the Blues are worried about the expansion draft at this time. They see the window opening once again to be a Western Conference contender, and want to do everything they can to make that happen. And keep in mind, at age 20, Kyrou can be sent down to the AHL.
I don't know about that. For all the lawsuits Al Davis filed against the NFL over the years, the league didn't mind letting his son Mark move to LA (because it ended up enriching the owners). In any event, I don't see anything happening with St. Louis and the NFL _ at least not in the near future.
All I can say is it's your money and your choice. JR does fine work for The Athletic, and we at the Post-Dispatch are committed to day-in, day-out coverage of the Blues. I hope you liked our 20-page Blues preview section.
I don't think there's any hard-and-fast rule as to what constitutes a top 6 guy. It's a matter of skill, potential, and individual talents. The Blues right now like Maroon on the top line because he adds a net-front presence to the tandem of O'Reilly and Tarasenko. Kyrou on the second line brings an element of excellent speed to Schwartz and Schenn. Obviously playmakers, those more titled to setting up goals, may have fewer goals and more assists. But in general, I'd think you'd want at least a 40-point player on your top two lines..
I'm interested to see how quickly this all comes together. I don't think we're going to see a 13-3-1 start like we did a year ago. The Blues will have only 7 players on the ice for opening night who were on the ice for opening night a year ago. I know it's stating the obvious, but the power play and Jake Allen are the biggest question marks. And with Allen we're talking about the January swoon.
I think there's enough there in the offense to be top 12 in scoring, or better. Again that's barring a rash of injuries. I think if Allen has another January swoon there might be a new No. 1 goalie next year at this time.
Just saw that Tom Wilson got 20 games. From what I read and hear, I think Panarin has made it very clear he wants to go to a big market, which would leave St. Louis out.
I think as a 19-year-old rookie, 60-plus games and 10G/20A would be a good start, especially if he's spending most of his time on the fourth line.
Hey JT: I'm upset that the Blues for insisting that the only one way to get tickets is through they phone app. I'm sure I'm not the only one that would prefer either getting 'real' tickets mailed to us or at the very least having an option to print them from home. BebFred in his chat yesterday said the Blues were getting to many complaints from fans that scalpers were somehow printing extra tickets from home multiple times and then reselling them and of course the tickets were no good. But if this was the case wouldn't other sports teams have the same problem but I don't know of any other team selling their tickets just through a phone app
According to the Blues ticket exec, pretty much all of the NFL has gone to mobile ticketing and about half the NHL in one form or another. Right or wrong, I think it's here to stay.
No problem. I was thinking 10-plus. Man 20 games. Good for the NHL.
I guess that might depend in part on how Blais, Thomas and Kyrou do this year.
I've got to plead guilty here. The intricacies of the salary cap is one of the last frontiers for me on this hockey beat. I'll try to get better.
No comment from me here. Just wanted to pass this along.
Certainly a good offense, even more offensive zone time because of better faceoff guys (O'Reilly, Bozak) should help a goalie. For what it's worth, I thought Allen looked noticeably sharper in preseason this year compared to last year He looks calm, smooth, tracking pucks well. He's a little lighter after offseason training and says he's going to be more patient in approach. Of course, we'll see once the regular-season begins..
I think it's gotta be hard to change those habits. But 20 games, one-fourth of a season, certainly should give him something to think about.
Maroon-Tarasenko-O'Reilly-Bozak-Parayko (some Dunn mixed in here). Schwartz-Schenn-Steen-Perron-Pietrangelo. (W/a tip of the cap to eagle-eye Lou Korac of NHL.com).
Among forwards, I'd think we'd see Steen, Bozak, maybe even O'Reilly. Barbashev has been getting some PK work.