Here is my segment where I will be focusing on 20 players in 20 days for the St. Louis Blues. Today we move further down the depth chart to Ryan Reaves and Ian Cole.
Ryan Reaves – At only 25 years old, Reaves provides the grit and toughness that every 4th line needs. While he isn’t expected to net 20 goals a season, he is expected to play physical and to provide depth whenever he is called upon. In 2010-2011, Reaves played in 28 games and only had 4 points. In 2011-2012, Reaves had again 4 points but in 60 games, however Reaves led the team in penalty minutes. With 124 PIM’s, Reaves has stepped into the role as the 4th line tough guy. What will make the Blues successful next season are guys like Reaves providing depth on the 3rd and 4th lines. Being able to run the 4th line more than 4 minutes a night will help give the Blues top 2 lines rest when needed.
Ian Cole – This young defenseman has split his time between the Blues and Peoria Rivermen. Cole is entering his last year of his entry level contract and with the Blues thin at defense, the coaching staff will be looking at Cole to make an impact this season. Cole was drafted in the 1st round and 18th overall for the Blues back in 2007. During his first 2 seasons, he has played a majority of the time in the AHL and is now looking for a permanent spot with the Blues. Cole played in 26 games last season, but collected 6 points and was a +7 during his time in the NHL. He has shown a little more consistency and will be looking to provide depth on the blue line.
With only 4 players left, I will next focus on the St Louis Blues goalies and their young prospects. Follow me on twitter @TonyMoreno20