The future seemed unimaginably bright for a lot of St. Louis Blues prospects heading into 2018-19. Just like the guys on the main roster, it has been tough sledding.
The St. Louis Blues knew they had a lot of talented guys coming through the pipeline ahead of the 2018-19 season. They were voted as one of the best minor league and college pools in all of the NHL.
While one or two guys have managed to get their NHL careers rolling, it has not been all sunshine and lollipops for the rest. In fact, just like the guys on the big league team, there have been a lot of peaks and valleys in this season.
Like the Blues, the San Antonio Rampage got off to an awful start. Much of that had to do with the fact nobody had really played together much.
A lot of the team’s prospects were scattered across the AHL in 2017-18. Some were in Chicago. Others were in San Antonio and still others were loaned out to various teams in the top minor league.
So, when it came time for them all to perform together, it did not work. Just like with the Blues, who added a handful of new faces themselves, things did not gel right away.
Due to the slow start, it was an uphill climb the entire way. St. Louis having a lot of injury problems did San Antonio no favors either.
With all that going on, the Rampage never had an opportunity to go on a run like the Blues did. So, they are not mathmatically eliminated yet, but their magic number is 32. The regular season ends April 14, so you have to win and have a lot of people lose. It’s just not happening.
Despite all that, there have still been some decent showings. With that, let’s dive in.