I don't know enough about him to have a strong opinion about the pick. Giving up a 3rd round pick to move up 2 slots to take what many people are calling a reach is extremely peculiar though. We don't know the behind-the-scenes stuff, but that's a hard one to understand.
Agreed. He seems to have upside but...the worry I really have is that this is another "big body" and that was the most important criterion. Enormous forwards with passable puck skills were all the rage in the 90s. It ain't the 90s anymore.
Backes was a second rounder (and another big body who was a project) and I'm having trouble looking at this guy's pedigree and projecting him to be better than a two-time 30 goal scorer.
It's not like the Blues are incapable of using a player who is the guy they set up regularly on the PP. Ask Troy Brouwer or Brett Hull.
Just saying, even if most of the kid's goals were PP goals
Understood, but for perspective: power play goals accounted for 50% of Hull's goals in exactly one season in his entire career: 1992-93, when 29 of his 54 goals were on the PP. (He was also good for 1.5 shorties per season.) Last season, Thompson scored 13 of 14 goals
on the power play. That's very, very different.