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05-08-2013, 01:17 PM
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McRae is a borderline NHL player at this point, we might not even bring him back. Lehtera we will have to wait and see if we actually have interest in him. I think he will compete with Sobotka for that spot in camp if he is signed.
My impressions of Lehtera are strictly Offensive player, not a 2 way player and I'm pretty sure he is not in the Blues future plans.

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My impressions of Lehtera are strictly Offensive player, not a 2 way player and I'm pretty sure he is not in the Blues future plans.
At one time had high hopes for McRae, but that ship has sailed.

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My impressions of Lehtera are strictly Offensive player, not a 2 way player and I'm pretty sure he is not in the Blues future plans.
Reports are that lehtera has grown a much better 2 way game over the past 2 years. The blues also reportedly offered him a contract last year. I think he will be offered another contract this offseason.

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Reports are that lehtera has grown a much better 2 way game over the past 2 years. The blues also reportedly offered him a contract last year. I think he will be offered another contract this offseason.
We'll see. He had a long way to go in the defensive zone and his skating is just marginal. He would need to be a top 6 forward for the Blues and I just don't see that happening.

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How is Binnington doing?

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How is Binnington doing?
He was just named to the OHL 1st All-Star team. Had a monstrous season playing 50 games going 32-12-1 with 5 shutouts, 2.17 GAA, and .932 SV%

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05-10-2013, 01:03 AM
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He was just named to the OHL 1st All-Star team. Had a monstrous season playing 50 games going 32-12-1 with 5 shutouts, 2.17 GAA, and .932 SV%
yeah so he's not lookin good at all.....

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05-10-2013, 11:28 AM
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Portland up 3-1. No goals for Rattie the other night in Game 4, so he's still tied for the all time record. Game 5 tonight.

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05-11-2013, 04:53 PM
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Edmonton won Game 5 3-2 in OT in Portland. Rattie no points. Game 6 is Sunday.

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05-12-2013, 05:33 PM
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Rattie already with 2 shorties, making him all time WHL leader in career playoff goals.

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05-12-2013, 06:37 PM
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Rattie with the hat trick. 50 career WHL playoff goals. Barring collapse, this is going to put Portland in the Memorial Cup.

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05-12-2013, 06:47 PM
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Really hope Rattie gets good playing time in Chicago next season.

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Really hope Rattie gets good playing time in Chicago next season.
If he can demonstrate that he can play adequate defence, he should get Top 6 minutes, including Power Play time. Wolve's management want their team to win, and have scoring stars (to keep fans in the seats). They shouldn't have more than 7 of their own players (including one goalie). So, that translates to either 4 forwards and 2 defencemen, or 3 and 3.

Either way, there should be room for at LEAST 2 Blues' prospects in their Top 6 (Rattie and Jaskin?), with McRae as the 3rd centre. Maybe jaskin will play with The Blues after 20-30 games. If so, I see NO possible problem to keep Rattie from getting decent playing time.

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Rattie with a hattie as the Winterhawks finish off the Oil Kings. Not sure how he did it considering he's not playing with Baertschi anymore.

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05-12-2013, 08:58 PM
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Also can I ask what really set apart Baertschi and Rattie that made Rattie slide almost 20 positions behind him? Sven isn't a really big kid either, I really don't see what's stopping Rattie from making a similar impact that Sven could make as far as production in the NHL goes.

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05-12-2013, 09:21 PM
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Rattie has been named WHL playoff MVP.

Who would have thought?

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Also can I ask what really set apart Baertschi and Rattie that made Rattie slide almost 20 positions behind him? Sven isn't a really big kid either, I really don't see what's stopping Rattie from making a similar impact that Sven could make as far as production in the NHL goes.
Bärtschi played a better all-round game. Skated very well, always worked hard, very good playmaking and could score goals.

Rattie had better offensive instincts, but wasn't as skilled and didn't really show as much tenacity which is probably why people made more about his size.

Either way, those who tried to argue that Rattie was a product of Bärtschi were idiots.

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05-13-2013, 09:28 AM
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Did anyone watch Gardiner this season? He had 22 points in 27 games, 19 were assists. If he can have a big season next year, maybe he could have a chance with us down the road.

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05-13-2013, 12:50 PM
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Wolves resigned Climie to a 2 year deal. Might be difficult for Binnington to see significant playing time.

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Wolves resigned Climie to a 2 year deal. Might be difficult for Binnington to see significant playing time.
Not good news. If we are trading Halák, I still think we need another goalie at AHL level. That would further complicate things though. Possible that Binnington spends a year in the ECHL, because games matter more at this point.

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Good story about Rattie winning the WHL playoff MVP.

Some key points for me when it comes to next year:

The knock on Rattie has been his size, his skating and his defensive responsibility. But he said this week that he's made improvements in all of those areas.

"I'm 6-foot, 180 (pounds)," Rattie said. "That's up big time. I think the last time you saw me I was 165-70. And I look to put on another 5-10 pounds this summer."

The winger's skating hasn't been as fluid as NHL scouts would like for an offensive prospect, but Rattie says that is an area, too, that has changed for the better.

"I think my skating is night and day from when I came into the WHL," he said. "Skating was a knock on me and I really worked on it, and now I feel like skating is one of my strong suits. You're not going to play in the NHL if you're not a good skater."

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Wolves resigned Climie to a 2 year deal. Might be difficult for Binnington to see significant playing time.
Not unexpected. Been saying for awhile that one big issue with the new AHL affiliation is likely getting only one goaltender maximum to develop there. Binnington will probably have two years as a backup unless he outright steals the job (something to watch for us). But it also further makes likely Halak is gone because Allen needs to play somewhere and Blues backup looks like that place.

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Good story about Rattie winning the WHL playoff MVP.

Some key points for me when it comes to next year:

The knock on Rattie has been his size, his skating and his defensive responsibility. But he said this week that he's made improvements in all of those areas.

"I'm 6-foot, 180 (pounds)," Rattie said. "That's up big time. I think the last time you saw me I was 165-70. And I look to put on another 5-10 pounds this summer."

The winger's skating hasn't been as fluid as NHL scouts would like for an offensive prospect, but Rattie says that is an area, too, that has changed for the better.

"I think my skating is night and day from when I came into the WHL," he said. "Skating was a knock on me and I really worked on it, and now I feel like skating is one of my strong suits. You're not going to play in the NHL if you're not a good skater."
Every interview I've ever seen Ty Rattie give I come away with the impression of someone utterly determined to be an impact NHL player. There are guys you trust to provide internal pressure from within to make themslves better and I'm sure when the Blues first drafted him they understood this from his interviews. To this point, he's backed it all up with improvement. If he shows up at camp 185-190 and better skating he's going to have a legitimate shot at the roster sooner rather than later.

He reminds me of Schwartz in the clutch element part. Even two years ago when he potted 9 in the playoffs (his draft year) they were clutch goals, Game 7 goals, overtime goals. He's not afraid of the moment, much like Schwartz showed us this past season.

We've all been talking about improvement needs and a rookie who's borderline to make the team next season is probably not the immediate answer but I'm certainly open to him making himself indispensable sooner than later because of his ability to find open ice and get off that insanely accurate release.

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05-15-2013, 02:38 PM
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It is possible that Binnington could win the starting spot. Two seasons ago Lack won the starting job and had the majority of the stars as he performed better, but last season it was the other way around. It would seem the best player plays, so hopefully Binnington can play well enough to get a decent amount of starts and then he wins the starting spot the season after.

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