2. Jordan Kyrou
Jordan Kyrou is in a slightly different boat than the other guys on this list. From a purely offensive talent standpoint, he has shown enough in his brief stints to get fans behind him.
His problem is that the coaching staff still seems shaky on the youngster. Clocking in at 22, going on 23 early in the 2021 season, Kyrou’s biggest problem right now is that the franchise doesn’t feel he’s defensively sound.
My problem with that is there are plenty of players throughout the league that aren’t going to ever sniff a Selke Trophy. They aren’t necessarily held back because of it.
This is not to excuse any defensive deficiencies for Kyrou. We have seen a few boneheaded plays from the young forward, some of which cost the Blues a goal against.
However, not to point fingers, we have seen the same from guys that are full time roster members. Some of those players are actual defensemen and, barring being allowed to walk in free agency, those players have not been affected in the eyes of the coaches.
Kyrou is an offensive talent and the Blues, as talented as they might be, need scoring help. If Kyrou can provide that on a consistent basis, the Blues need to step up and accept any potential defensive problems.
On the positive side, Kyrou was actually one of the Blues best all-around players during the 2020 playoffs. He still has strides to make, but if he made a giant leap just during the early 2020 pandemic break, he might be even better if given a more full time look.
We’ve seen the flashes of offensive talent from Kyrou. He has speed the likes of which the Blues have not seen in many years and some stickhandling ability reminiscent of David Perron in his early years.
All he needs to do now is find consistent playing time and this guy can be a solid top-six player.