Thread: Prospect Info: 2012-2013 Blues Prospects
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02-05-2013, 04:07 PM
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MattyMo35
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Originally Posted by Frenzy1 View Post
The biggest problem with lack of development w/ the Rivermen may actually be lack of NHL talent to begin with. Oshie, Perron, Backes..... were all able to bypass the AHl because when they entered the league - well, we stunk. No other way to put it. The Blues were horrid and those players made the jump because we had no depth.

The only true question mark I have about development has been McRae, but he didn't dominate the CHL like some of the other guys did their respective leagues. Is he a legit top 6 center? I don't know. He doesn't get the chance because he is behind Berglund and Backes. And for the 3rd line this year, we couldn't put him in because we would have 1 too many forwards on the team. That is why Steen is playing there.
If Phil McRae was a legit top 6 center, it would be quite obvious. Players like Ian Cole and Jaden Schwartz definitely stood out when they were playing for the Rivermen. Not just among their teammates, but their competition also. They were both noticeably better. Schwartz is now struggling to hold a 3rd line spot, and Cole is in and out of the starting line up. McRae is probably capable of being the 3rd or 4th line center on a very weak NHL team, but he doesn't really belong there.

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