Carl Racki wrote:
They traded a number one overall pick for stewart. He'll get another chance.
I would say the Blues traded a #1 overall pick for Shattenkirk and McClement for #25. At least the Blues got a more consistent effort out of McClement when he was here.
Let's breakdown #25's game and why he should not return:
1) Good hands
3) Good speed
(That's all I can think of)
1) Not strong on the puck and regularly loses puck battles. (So much for his size)
2) Slow to react defensively - been true all season even in his good games
3) Only seems to score when alone in space and rarely works to get to those positions
4) Does not play the system well: attempts to force carry-ins; doesn't dump pucks often; holds back before going into scrums on the boards, even when the help is clearly necessary, and that delay usually leads to the other team a) getting the puck or b) getting a really good scoring chance
5) Rarely uses his speed. (about once every 10 games or it was visible)
6) Not good passing the puck - there are too many times his indecision at his own blueline or in neutral ice have led to turnovers.
Don't over-value #25 for one good playoff game when even then he was not consistent throughout that game - as has happened all season. Who did the work that led to the 1st goal? All #25 did was use his speed, for once, to skate to an open area and the other guys did the work to get him the puck.
There are more weaknesses, but that should be enough to not justify giving any kind of contract over $500,000. Ryan Reaves should be making more than #25. If some other team wants to pay him more, fine. Take the draft picks, or whatever the Blues can get, due to #25 being a restricted FA.
He didn't even deserve the ice time received in most playoff games and he was the least played forward in both rounds for valid reasons.