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11-28-2012, 01:41 PM
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jessejames
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You're right, Matty, the subject probably doesn't warrant a new thread, but it's a day off and I'm bored. Then again, perhaps it does deserve a new thread, as it's odd that a team assembles a pretty impressive stable of prospects without having one that can be considered other than a long-shot at best.
I don't see McRae as a possible 3C, not for a contending team. He's not quick, he's not physical, and neither his defense nor scoring is noteworthy. If you go by numbers, how often does a center score barely a ppg in the CHL as a 19 yr old, and that was on an elite team, and make it in the NHL as other than a defensive specialist, which he is not. He's got good size and he's good in the face-off circle. That's about it.
Gratchev, I don't understand how he can even be considered a prospect. He's done nothing in Peoria. In St. Louis he was a winger and did nothing.
Both these guys are 22. They're hockey players, not baseball players. They're forwards, not goalies. At their present rate of development, they might be 30 before they enjoy another cup of coffee in the show, if it ever happens.
I like Mr Weir's remark about the Blues being able to make moves with prospects to acquire draft picks, as was done in the case of the Tarasenko pick. I really like Rattie and Jaskin coming up behind Tarasenko and Schwartz, but the center ice thing has to be addressed.
The current Blues have Backes, a converted winger, as their 1C. He's great at what he does, but he's not the traditional 1C. Berglund is 2C or 3C-- and I consider him something of a disappointment to date. Steen is penciled in as 2 or 3C, but hasn't played there much in a few seasons. Sobotka is maybe the ideal 4C. Thinking Nichol will be gone by next year. Beyond that, there's uh, uh, uh ...
A package trade of prospects/picks and there's a shot at an early pick in what promises to be a good draft year for centers.

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