Blues prospects update

By Danny Raborn

Daniel Corso, C –Corso has played extremely well for the Blues every game he has played this year, in 28 games with the Blues he has had 10 goals and three assists with an even +/- rating. Corso has also allowed the Blues to once again have three scoring lines, while his is also often out against the other teams top line. Centering a unit of himself, Dallas Drake, and newcomer Cory Stillman. Corso looks to be the real deal, as he has consistently worked extremely hard and played a well rounded game filled with grit and skill, not to mention plenty of speed. Despite playing 28 games with the Blues, he has still managed to stay 4th in scoring for the Worcester Ice Cats, with 16 goals and 36 assists for 52 points in 50 games.

Barret Jackman, D –
Jackman played in the WJHC’s, just as his shoulder had started to heal. He played close to 30 mins in each game too, in 7 games he had no goals, one assist and 8 penalty minutes. In 43 games for the Regina Pats, Jackman had 9 goals and 27 assists plus 138 PIM’s. He could be a real help again this year to the Worcester Ice Cats after the Pats are out of the playoffs.

Mike Van Ryn-D-
Van Ryn in many people’s eyes has not lived up to his expectations, but he has regained his confidence, and will be a big part of the Ice Cats team in the playoffs, as will Jackman.

Andrei Trochinsky-C/RW-In his first season in North America, as a member of the Worcester Ice Cats, he now has 76 games uner his belt along with 17 goals, and 28 assists for 45 points.

Marc Rycroft-RW-Rycroft finished his first pro season with great numbers, 23 goals 26 assists and 66 PIM’s in just 68 games, just two more games than points!

Justin Papineau, C-Papineau played well for the cats also in his first pro season after being drafted for a second time(first by the Kings) and was considered a steal by many in the third round. In 43 games he has just 7 goals, but did pile up an impressive 22 assists.

Cody Rudkowsky, G-Rudkowsky fought for playing time against AHL goalie of the year Dwayne Roloson, but still mangaed to to get 13 wins and only 8 losses, with a 2.68 GAA, and 3 shutouts.

John Pohl, C-Pohl put up some pretty respectable numbers, with 38 games 19 goals and 26 assists for 45 points.

Troy Riddle, C-Another Gopher center Riddle had decent numbers too, with 16 goals and 14 assists for 30 points in 38 games.

Marty Reasoner, C-Reasoner was expected to start this season as he left off last year, but failed to do so early on, and was sent down to Worcester. He played terrible at first, but then got back on track and put up 17 goals and 18 assists in just 34 games. He then was promoted to the Blues where he played 41 games, and had 4 goals and 9 assists.

After Deals:

The Blues don’t have that wonderful problem anymore of having too many nhl caliber players, but instead cashed in their change for some bills, by trading David Morrisset for Mellanby, and the big deal for Tkachuk sending Handzus, Nagy, Taffe, and a first round draft pick to Phoenix.