Thread: Prospect Info: 2013-2014 Blues Prospects
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11-03-2013, 04:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Meatwagon View Post
I would think he will have a hard time getting any higher than 3rd pair for a while. We have Petro/JBo for the next 6 years plus Shattenkirk for a while, the you would think Schmaltz Vanelli will play in a top 4 roll, which leaves Jani, unfortunately, a bottom pair defender. Hopefully he has 2nd pair abilities, and we can allow him to dominate on the bottom pair! Would be kinda how the Cards have built their rotation/Bullpens!!
I think you have to look at him as a lower cost alternative to Polak. He is a right handed shot. Players like Polak seem to be in high demand and get good compensation at the deadline especially. Whether he is a bottom six or not, he will get plenty of ice with Pietro and Shatty not necessarily being defensive stalwarts. Schmaltz and Vanelli are both right handed shots as well. I guess the Blues have to hope one of them pans out or use them as trade chips ala Rundblad becoming Tarasenko.

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