I am guessing to help Peoria out. Are the Blues out of recalls? Really kind of sucks to see these two go down though as both have been great this time around. Cole really has impressed me the last few games.
Definitely to help boost Peoria's run in the playoffs. For the most part, I think both have proved they can play in the NHL, Cole as maybe a 3-4 pairing, and Cracknell as a solid 3rd or 4th liner. Might as well let these guys get as much experience as possible, as the Blues season will be over shortly. That being said, I look forward to seeing Cole and Cracknell next training camp. I do believe Cole should be able to make the team, but if not another season in the AHL certainly can't hurt. I've been really impressed with Nikitin this year, and I think he may be favored over Cole next season. Unless Jackman or Colaiacovo are dealt in the offseason, I expect Cole to start in the AHL, and be called up upon injury, or if someone is underperforming.