We recently witnessed the St. Louis Blues facing the loss of a number of injured players from the roster, as they moved towards the end of a stellar regular season. In turn, management called up several hungry young players from the Blues’ AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. One of these selected young players has made quite an impression this year while playing for both the Chicago Wolves and the St. Louis Blues. Let’s get to know the ever so talented Forward, Adam Cracknell (#79).
The 28 year old native Canadian was drafted in the 9th round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Since the draft, Cracknell has honed in on his talent and strengthened his skills while playing for both the Chicago Wolves and the St. Louis Blues. He joined the Wolves in January and in just a few months has accumulated 12 goals and 13 assists for a total of 25 points.
In the 2013-2014 regular season, Adam Cracknell has only obtained two assists while playing for the Blues; however, if given the chance to play in the 2014 Playoffs, he can start from scratch and be a healthy addition to the team. We can only hope that the infamous CPR line with Cracknell, Forward, Chris Porter (#32) and Forward, Ryan Reaves (#75) will make an appearance during the playoffs. The brilliant CPR line can easily bring out their artillery and show the team and fans how their chemistry and raw talent will melt the ice and shut down the competition.
Cracknell has made it evident that he is not afraid to jump up to the NHL and play with the big dogs. His solid work ethic, remarkable support of his teammates and focus while out on the ice has impressed both his teammates and fans. Should the St. Louis Blues choose to keep Cracknell on the active roster throughout the Playoffs or call him up in the event of an injured player, I feel that Cracknell has what it takes to perform under the pressure against any of our opponents during the post season.
The St. Louis Blues have quite a nest egg of untapped solid talent this year in the AHL and they are itching to play in the NHL and the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. With the first round starting this week between the Blues and the Blackhawks, we will have to wait and see how adaptable the AHL players are once they dial in and overcome the pressure that everyone is feeling at this time. Hopefully we will see the depth that we know the Blues have previously shown this season for the full 60 minutes of ice time, all while dominating our rivals, the Blackhawks. Let’s bring home the Stanley Cup! Long Live The Note!