Discussion in 'St. Louis Blues' started by EastonBlues22, Jun 9, 2018.
Are the Blues finally going to get their own farm team? Not up to speed on this but would like to know.
Yes we are affiliated with the San Antonio Rampage for the next 5 years, and we just hired Drew Bannister as head coach. The Tulsa Oilers (and their coach Rob Murray) will be our ECHL affiliate.
Thanks man! Good to have all the prospects under one roof.
You can say that again. Can't wait to see what Kostin and Walman in particular can do when they aren't getting jerked around with ice time.
Kostin is going to do some damage, that's for sure. Walman got the short end of the straw last year being shuffled all over, probably didn't feel wanted in Binghampton, I think he plays well enough to be called up as the 1st injury replacement and forces the Blues hand..... well I can hope haha
This is my pet project every summer. I will update with all transactions as the offseason progresses. Hope you find value in this kind of thing.
2018 San Antonio Rampage Offseason Tracker
Blues Add Six At 2018 NHL Draft
Rampage are shaping up to be a good team next season with all our prospects in the same place.
As a Blues fan, I am excited to see the Rampage as the Blues AHL affiliate. I made the 3 hour trip this last year for the first time to see the Rampage and some of the Blues prospects. Great facility, NHL level facility. Rampage fans were great, talked with a few in the lobbies between periods and they were all excited about the Blues coming in and taking over coaching and hockey operations. I think with all of the Blues prospects playing for one AHL team, the Rampage could become a serious AHL contender. I will be making many weekend trips to San Antonio when the Rampage are playing next year.
I'll be interested to see where Sanford and Stevens line up for San Antonio. We have Blais and Foley on LW, then Kyrou(?), Kostin and Poganski on RW. Nice to have an AHL team with plenty of players who have a shot at being NHL'ers.
I was thinking the same thing. I posted this in another thread:
San Antonio is going to have a fun young hockey club to root for!
I'd like to see Thorburn sent down to The Rampage. I don't want him taking up space that will move another 4th Liner up to The Blues' 3rd line, blocking room for Blues' rookies, who could be getting NHL experience.
Calder Cup here they come!
Thanks, knew I was forgetting a couple (MacEachern and Thomas). I thought Flynn was a winger, and Blues like Sanford at C? Idk, just like the NHL lineup, lots of interchangeable pieces and no telling how it will all shake out.
Do you think Schmaltz can clear waivers? I think he is stuck on the big team now. Unless JBO and Gunnarsson are healthy at the jump and we can send him down during camp. He may slip through then. But even that is iffy in my mind. A team lacking in RHD depth, and there are a ton, only has to take a $1M flyer on a guy who has been dominant in the AHL but blocked by the best RHD tandem in the NHL.
Really depends when he would go on waivers. At the start of the year when all teams are sending players down and all teams are pretty much healthy, there's a decent chance he'd go unclaimed. During the season, someone would pick him up because of injuries. Brad Hunt got claimed.
I don't see any chance of Schmaltz going unclaimed. RHD are in short supply around the League and he's a very good AHL defenseman who has never had a real run in the NHL. He'd be traded before exposing him to waivers.
You know if we try that then he'll end up in Chicago.
I don't see any way Schmaltz plays in San Antonio this year.
Here's my far too preliminary lineup guess:
J. Thomas to Tulsa
Also saw an unverified tweet yesterday that the Blues signed winger Joey LaLeggia to a deal. If that turns out to be true, Poganski likely gets pushed out of the lineup, Musil goes to 4RW and LaLeggia, a one time 20 goal scorer and 40 point AHL player slots into the 3rd line perfectly.
Huh. Looks like you’re right, it’s up on EliteProspects anyways
Joey LaLeggia at eliteprospects.com
Another pretty good pickup, he was a leader in Bakersfield last year. You don’t see too many LW/D combos
I thought Laleggia is a defenseman?
He was a D in college and his first pro year, but switched to wing his second year because of his (lack of) size and the Oilers prospect depth at the position at that time.
I predict that Mikkola will be our #1 or 2 dmen after 1st or 2nd month. He won't play 3rd pair like some have noted here. He has played last couple seasons 22:00-24:00 TOI/GP in mens league. Hell no he'll be sheltered n to 3rd pair or 2nd.
Blues building San Antonio roster
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