Buchnevich: Almost the same as Saad. He is more physical than Saad but not as fast. He can play in all situations. Its ability to kill penalties is enormous. He needed to become more engaged overall and we saw that last night.
Kostin: Big kid, skates well, likes to hit, has offensive strengths. If he can handle the puck better and reduce his penalties, he can become a good bottom six forward with the potential to play in the top six. He really wants to be successful in the NHL, so he seems to be coachable.
Hofer: Rangy build, which is preferable. Handle the washer well. Has a lot of confidence. He handled the pressure on the World Juniors stage and exuded confidence when he was with the big club. He will make an offer for the replacement position next season.
Q: You know Tarasenko better than anyone on this chat, how much of a pro of the pros?
Tarasenko has been a model teammate so far, playing hard on both sides and producing on the ice. If he really wants to come out – and there is every indication that he would welcome a change before his free will – then he will maintain it. But the Blues have some great things to do, so there’s no reason to trade him unless this deal improves the squad.
Q: I’m a little worried about the confidence you and the other PD editors have in Gorman and Nootbar and other prospects. Do you think any of the potential players will do as well as Carlson this year? He was slightly above the league average. It doesn’t seem like enough to win the division.