The St. Louis Blues inked two of their top prospects to new contracts this week, as Ian Cole and Adam Cracknell both got new deals. Cracknell’s was well deserved, and a new deal could be a sign that he has a shot of seeing even more time in St. Louis next season. He has appeared with the Blues in each of the last three seasons, but his efforts this season (particularly in the final month of the regular season) were some of the best of his career.
Cracknell has been a consistent scoring threat in the AHL the past five seasons, and proved capable of chipping in the occasional goal for the Blues when called up. He came close to new career-high marks this season in goals (2) and points (6) and it in well with the Blues’ checking line. With cap space likely to be an issue heading into the 2013-14 season, he’s certainly an appealing and cheaper option than some of the other players the Blues have to choose from. Cracknell played in 20 games this season, including 12 in April. Head coach Ken Hitchcock clearly saw something he liked in the young winger, and he’ll definitely be given a shot to hold onto that checking line spot once training camp opens.
Cole is a former first round pick (2007) who has yet to do much when called up. He only saw 15 games with the Blues, all early in the season, and will have a lot to prove if he wants a full-time spot next season.