There were a few newcomers this week when National Hockey League fanatics peeked at the popular TSN’s Trade Bait. While Buffalo Sabres winger Sam Reinhart and Colorado Avalanche winger Blake Comeau have been moving off and on the trade block, there was one name that is doomed to make teams across the NHL investigate more.
According to TNS's Frank Seravalli, St. Louis Blues' Jordan Kyrou becomes the first player in recent memory to join the board as a prospect. However, his name surely rings a bell, though he has never played an NHL contest.
The 19-year centre has done wonders for the Sarnia Sting in the OHL, and still has lots of gas in the tank after helping Team Canada to gold at the World Junior Hockey Championship earlier this month in Buffalo. He has tallied 23 goals and 73 points in just 35 OHL games this season.
And the thing is the Blues don't want to part with such a promising and blossoming prospect, who was selected 35th overall in 2016. But to pull off a move that can really push them over the edge in the playoff race, they might have no other choice.
The Blues have been looking to add an impact winger ahead of the Feb. 26 trade deadline and if they are to go all in for the most coveted froward of them all, Buffalo’s Evander Kane, it’s possible that Kyrou could be part of some sort of package to send him to St. Louis.
Fortunately for the Blues, their three first-round picks from 2016 and 2017 – Tage Thompson, Robert Thomas and Klim Kostin – all play centre. So Kyrou might be used and sent elsewhere.
This will be an interesting one to watch!