Jordan Kyrou is one of the St. Louis Blues’ top prospects in the system. Kyrou is tearing it up in the AHL with the San Antonio Rampage. Is it time for the St. Louis Blues to give him a shot at an every day roster spot?
Jordan Kyrou is a stand out prospect for the St. Louis Blues that has had a great start to his young career. At 20 years old, Kyrou is playing in the AHL for the San Antonio Rampage. In 2017-2018 he played for the Sarnia Sting in the OHL where he recorded a league leading 109 points in just 56 games played.
This year for the San Antonio Rampage, Kyrou has played 47 games and has 43 points. At almost a point per game pace, Kyrou is making his name known in the AHL in only his first season with the Rampage.
At a very young age, Kyrou has shown so much talent and skill, he has dazzling speed and the ability to make a play when there is no play to be made.
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Kyrou has gotten attention from a lot of other organizations as well. The past couple of seasons I have gotten a little uneasy at the trade deadline. You keep worrying the team will give him up for a short fix. Luckily, it hasn’t happened yet.
Kyrou got a little taste of the NHL this season when he made the club out of camp. In my opinion, he was not fully ready to perform at that level.
Kyrou showed he can take care of business with the Rampage. Despite only playing 47 games, he still has 16 goals. He’s shown his skating ability, his speed and puck handling are elite at that level.
It was different in the NHL. Kyrou spent most of his time with the fourth line, so he was not getting the chances a high draft pick normally would because the Blues were in a playoff race instead of worrying about the draft lottery.
So, the question now is what can we expect from Kyrou going forward. Is he going to get his break in 2019-20 or will it be much slower?
I think Kyrou will get another look next year. The Blues have got five restricted free agent forwards and Pat Maroon is unrestricted. If you let any of those guys go, Kyrou would shoot up the depth chart.
I still think he’d benefit from an entire season at the AHL, just to get his feet wet and learn how to be a pro. The pros don’t wait though and don’t have much patience. Kyrou might need to learn how to swim fast before he’s labeled lower than his talent suggests.
Kyrou just has too much speed and talent not to make something in the NHL. He just needs to get that confidence going and we’re going to have a really good winger to pair up with Robert Thomas.
Does he have the talent to make a splash at this level? Absolutely! I just feel that this season should have been spent solely in the AHL gaining confidence and working on different parts of his game so he could hit the ground running in 2019-20.