glen a richter wrote:
A couple of guys I like there... Popugayev and Comtois.
Re: Our present prospects, I see no reason why Tage Thompson shouldn't be on the team right now, but I guess with us going nowhere, it's good for him to get some playing experience in Chicago that he wouldn't get under Yeo. I can't imagine Kyrou making the team next year but stranger things have happened. He's having a hell of a season, but he's also riding a 28 game, or something like that, point streak. I think another season with production like what he's done this year and he's a lock to make the team the year after, that being the year Stastny's contract is up and off the books if I'm not mistaken. In-house replacement, minus $7 mil that can be spent elsewhere.
Thompson absolutely has to replace Lehtera though, there's no question.
Thompson looks a lot more like a RW. Despite his playing several games with The Wolves at the end of this season, I think he should and will start next season with The Wolves, and play about 30-35 games wit them, before coming up to The Blues to play 3rd Line RW. Barbashev has proven that he's ready to stay in The NHL, so he should start with The Blues from Day 1 of next season.
IF The Blues can entice Las Vegas to choose Jori Lehterä in The Expansion Draft (maybe by giving them a 2nd round draft choice, or Carl Gunnarsson), AND they don't add a Top 6 centre through trade or free agency), then The Blues' centers would look like this: 1) Stastny, 2) Berglund (ouch!), 3) Barbashev, 4) Brodziak. So Tage would better serve The Blues as the 3rd Line RW, assuming The Blues can't add a veteran RW to move Perron down to Line 3.
Kyrou is definitely not ready to play in The NHL. I assume he will not yet reach his 20th birthday during next season. So, he'll be ineligible to play in The AHL. So, he should play another year in The OHL, where he'll be able to dominate that league.