I would like to see an Eller-Palushaj-Sonne-Wagner-Junland powerplay. I might have to make it out to some peoria games this year. This is also Bishop's year to prove he is has number 1 goalie potential.
Defense: Danny Richmond, Brendan Bell, Steve Wagner, Bryce Lampman, Jonas Junland, Adrian Veideman, Justin Fletcher.
Forwards: Aaron Palushaj, Lars Eller, Brett Sonne, Yan Stastny, Nicholas Drazenovic, Julian Talbot, Cam Paddock, Adam Cracknell, Anthony Peluso, Chris Porter, Mitch Love, Ryan Reaves and Barry Tallackson.
Sent to Alaska
Goal: Sebastian Dahm Defense: Alexander Hellstrom, T.J. Fast and Ryan Turek, Forwards: center Nick Mazzolini, wingers Chris Morehouse, Jason Lammers, John Ryznar, Brett Hemingway, Jack Combs (he’s a sleeper pick who could be an impact player in the ECHL), Pat Brosnihan (Yale) and center Tomas Kana.
Rookie center Lars Eller has been with left wing Yan Stastny and rookie right wing Aaron Palushaj during the week, while Nicholas Drazenovic has been in the middle with Julian Talbot and Barry Tallackson.
Cam Paddock was with Chris Porter and Ryan Reaves.
Brendan Bell paired with 2008-09 AHL All-Star defenseman Jonas Junland and Steve Wagner was with Bryce Lampman while Danny Richmond and Justin Fletcher partnered.
I had few worries about Junland's ability to help the offence at The AHL level. What I'd like to know from people who have been watching Peoria play, is how effective he's been in his own zone when the opponents have te puck.
Does he read the play well, and react quickly and correctly to what the opposing forwards are doing? Does he position well? Is he effective in impeding the progress of the forward he is taking? Does he recover quickly and get back in time from his offensive forays? Can he take forwards out of the play? How effective is he at standing forwards up at the blueline? Does he defend the goal crease adequately? Does he win races to and battles for the puck in his own zone, under pressure? Is he poised and confident carrying the puck out of the defensive zone or making the outlet pass?
Those, I believe, will be the key factors in determining when he gets his trail and if he can stick on The Blues' NHL roster.