“Buy or sell” is a new article series I’m starting this season. I’ll choose trendy topics around the Blues organization and break them down and give my final word wether I’ll “buy” or “sell” that specific topic. Anything from prospect scoring streaks, trade rumors, penalty kill success, hot and cold steaks, etc will all be disscussed in this series throughout the season. Followers and readers can feel free to tweet me specific topics you’d like to see me breakdown and “buy or sell”, and tell me their thoughts on any of the articles in this series, @The_STG. This will be a weekly uploaded series.
Will David Perron continue his offensive struggles?
Perron has started this season off pointless in the team’s first four games. Although he’s failed to hit the back of the net, Perron has been getting quite a few shots on net. He’s currently playing on a line with leading scorer, Vldimir Tarasenko and he’s also on the power play, so ice time is not a concern either. Perron has looked, well… Like Perron. An average forward with some offensive flash. However, I do see some improvements in his game, and not on the offensive side of the ice. Perron has an increased grit to his game, he’s playing with more heart. He also looks much better in his defensive zone than he did with his first run with the Blues. With the ice time there ( over 19:00 per game), playing with arguably the best goal scorer in the NHL, and finding time on the power play, I find it hard to believe that Perron’s lack of production will continue. I like the next two match ups specifically for the Tarasenko-Perron line. (@ Edmonton and @ Calgary)
My take: Sell
Tanner Kaspick’s hot scoring start
The Blues third round pick in last summers NHL Entry Draft is off to a surprising start with the Brandon Wheat Kings. Scoring 7 goals in his first 7 games, Kaspick could be on the cuff of a breakout season, much like Samuel Blais last season. As we know, Blais was crowned my prospect of the year last season and if Kaspick can keep this production consistent, the preseason underdog might win the same award. In my first prospect power rankings, Kaspick was ranked #3 in the entire organization. That’s deffinitly saying something after being my #16 prospect on my preseason rankings. Kaspick has showed early that he knows how to finish, and from what I’ve seen, he has a sixth sense for the net. He has the explosiveness to create his own play but also has awareness to get to the right spot at the right time. This is only the start of a huge season for the third rounder.
My take: Buy
Paul Stastny producing like a true #1 center
Paul Stastny’s off to his best start since 2008. Already having 6 points in 4 games, Stastny looks good offensively so far. Last season, Stastny didn’t hit the 6 point mark until November 25th. Fans have quickly wondered why he’s off to such a hot start, well… A few things. First off, Robby Fabbri. The Stas to Fab connection has reached another level this season it looks like. After playing most of last season together on the same line, 15 and 26 have great chemistry now. Another reason for the hot start is his health. This could arguably be the first time we’ve seen an actual 100% healthy Paul Stastny. The question is, will his production stay consistent? I believe as long as Stastny’s health stays consistent, so will his production. He’s playing like a true number one center right now.
My take: Buy
Is Vince Dunn the real deal
Vince Dunn is making the transition from juniors to professional hockey look as smooth as his stride. Already capturing his first career pro goal and assist, Dunn is 2nd in scoring on the Wolves. Although the team is off to a rough start, Dunn looks like he’s due for a productive season. We know his skating is elite already, add that to his above average offensive game and we may have something special developing in Chicago. Can Dunn continue to put up points in the AHL? Recent history says a rookie defenseman will not, however I’m going to say yes, he will. If Jordan Schmaltz had well over 30 points last season in his rookie year, is 40+ points a stretch for the offensive defenseman, Dunn? I think it’s realistic, and he’s off to a good pace.
My take: Buy
Are the Chicago Wolves as bad as their 0-3 start?
I’ve had high praise for the Blues affiliates during the pre season. Chicago has added a few quality rookies this season including Vince Dunn, Mackenzie MacEachern, Vince Dunn, Samuel Blais and Ville Husso; all of which were ranked in the top 10 in my pre season prospect rankings. The Wolves are having some early season struggles, which should have been predicted considering they have a new head coach, three active goalies, new lines, and a few key names missing to start the season. Husso, Binnington, and Copley have each started a game this season. Although I’m confident that Husso will earn the number one job quickly, the future of Binnington or Copley will soon be questioned. The Wolves’ main struggle is up front, as two defenseman are the top two leading scorers after the first three games (Hunt and Dunn). It may sound like a circus right now, but there’s just way too much talent for this to continue. I expect Craig Berube to gather his troops and start to win some games.
My take: Sell
Thanks for reading the first buy or sell of the season. I’d love to hear your feedback on how you like this series. You can tweet me @The_STG and let me know about this article.