Field horse or franchise on the rise?
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
There are dark clouds hovering over the Peoria Rivermen playoff picture these days.
But one of the silver linings to the 2007-08 season has been rookie center-left wing Julian Talbot, who has notched 20 goals and emerged as a real NHL prospect.
Talbot came to training camp as a long shot amid one of the deepest, and most talented forward groups Peoria has ever had. He was projected to spend the season at ECHL Alaska.
Instead, he is one of the top three or four rookies in the AHL.
And the parent club St. Louis Blues are going to reward him, very soon, with a two-year NHL contract. His signing is imminent, likely before the team plays again Friday.
Talbot has worked his way up the depth chart past veterans like Mike Glumac, Martin Kariya and Charles Linglet, and if he progresses next fall he could get a shot with the Blues.