glen a richter wrote:In order of priority on who I'd re-sign to a long term contract, regarding ONLY the guys we've drafted, I'd rank Berglund towards the bottom.
Johnson #1, Backes #2, Perron #3 & Oshie #4 (though those two are damned close), Polak #5, Berglund #6
Beyond that, we'll see what guys like Pietrangelo, Cole and Eller, etc.... all do. As it is now, these would be my priorities if I was making the call.
I just see Berglund as expendable.
Why do you think Backes is so important? He's never going to score more than 60 points in a season. If a good 3rd liner/average 2nd liner is our 2nd most important player going forward, then we have major problems.
Remember, Berglund scored 20 goals at age 21. Backes didn't score over 20 goals in a season until age 24. Backes scored 13 goals as a 23 year-old. Right now you are comparing apples and oranges. Just wait two more years, and you'll see who is going to be the better player.
Besides, I don't think Backes will be with the Blues after next year. I bet he tests free agency and some GM like Mike Gillis throws him another ridiculously overpriced contract relative to what he's done thus far. I know he's had a good season this year, but think along the lines of Tampa and Ryan Malone.