I am always checking out the Blues board and I always see the name Jarmo? Ive been hoping that I could figure it out but its been 3 weeks and I still cant figure out who it is lol. If you guys could tell me I am very curious. I will delete thread after I get the answer. Thanks alot!
Jarmo is Jarmo Kekalainen, which I think I spelled right. He's the Blues' assistant GM, he re-signed with the Blues just the other day for 3 more years, and he's worshipped around here as a draft god. He has been described as running the draft with Mission Impossible precision (an image I love) and he has been like a cold six-pack and a happy ending for the morale of Blues fans after 40 years in the freaking draft desert.
His first full draft (2003) he snagged Backes in the 2d round and Stempniak in the 5th, and now they're top-six guys for us. In 2004 he took Schwarz and Soderberg in the first two rounds, and they are two of our top 5 prospects. In 2005 he seemingly reached to take Oshie at 24 overall, and everyone wondered where that pick came from. Turns out it came from Jarmo's Magic Bag of Draft Whup-ass, because now that pick looks like genius. And of course, EJ and Berglund in the first round last year. With guys like Polak (2004) in the 6th round who looks like a sure-fire NHL Dman at age 20, he has basically earned the unanimous trust of Blues fans who follow this stuff. Which is why we're salivating for a draft where he has 8 picks in the first 4 rounds and 4 in the top 39.