Will Jake Allen come out of his slump anytime soon?
Jake “the snake” Allen hasn’t particularly been the king cobra in the crease that the Blues need him to be. Over the past 5 games, Allen has only one start in which he’s had over a 0.900 save percentage. In that span includes 2 games that Allen produced a 0.727 and 0.786 save percentage. Sure, Allen has had some bright moments this season but this slump isn’t just over the past 5 games; he’s been struggling all season. He ranks 30th in the NHL in goals against average at 2.70, and 38th in the NHL in save percentage at .902. At 26 years old and the first season that the coaching staff and front office gave him the nod to be the clear number one goaltender for a legit Stanley Cup contender, “The snake” has seemed to slither under a rock. Overall, I think Allen will come out of the slump, but anytime soon? I’m not so sure about that.
My take: Sell
Are the Blues going to attempt to extend Kevin Shattenkirk?
One of the league’s top offensive defensemen is set to hit the open market in the offseason as Kevin Shattenkirk’s contract expires. We all know about the speculation of trades involving the talented d-man, dating all the way back to over a year ago. Shattenkirk is currently at a 0.6 point per game pace right now, over a point over every-other game. Although, after 4 consecutive seasons of being a plus (+/-) player, his defensive game has seemed to be lacking over the past 2 seasons; -14 last season, currently -10. The Blues are currently NOT in contract talks with the 27 year old. Others, including myself expect Shattenkirk to get a large contract, somewhere in the $6.5-8 million AAV range. With the Blues close to the cap, and needing to re-sign young guns, Colton Parayko and Robby Fabbri soon, I can’t see the Blues extending Shattenkirk. I’m also not on the “keep him for the playoff run” bandwagon. After losing Brouwer and Backes for nothing and letting them walk, Armstong needs to (and does) know that this organization needs assets in return for such a valued player, such as Shattenkirk. Morale of the story: Trade him.
My take: Sell
Will Tarasenko hit 100 points?
The Blues sniper is currently having a career year so far this season. He ranks 5th and 4th in the entire league in goals and points. Exactly halfway through the season, Tarasenko is on pace to have 40 goals, 46 assists, and 86 points. Even though Vladi ranks 5th in goals, I still don’t think that he’s hit his full stride yet this season. Tarasenko will continue his pace for the meantime, however, I do think he’ll catch fire. 50 goals might be a slight stretch and I think he’ll finish in the mid to high 40s, but I think his assists are going to skyrocket. Tarasenko and Fabbri are a deadly duo as it is, however, there might be a 3rd musketeer coming in the near future… Wink wink.
My take: Buy
Are the Chicago Wolves are legit Calder Cup contenders?
At 21-12-5 and sitting at a tie for 1st in the Central division, the Chicago Wolves are currently on fire. Coming off an 8 game winning streak, the Wolves are the highest scoring team in the AHL by 11 goals. Led by 3 players in the top 10 in AHL scoring, Ivan Barbashev, Kenny Agostino, and Wade Megan. The rookies (Blais, MacEachern, Dunn, Bleackley, Husso) are playing well and producing for the team. With a good mix of veteran players, I believe this is going to be a very good season for the Blues affiliate. In their past 10 games, the Wolves are 8-2-0. I believe that stay red hot, and kelp going strong. I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up with the top 2 leading scorers in the AHL by seasons end, either. (Barbashev and Agostino)
My take: Buy
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