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Reviewing the 2020 Jack Allen St. Louis Blues trade

Reviewing the 2020 Jack Allen St. Louis Blues trade
Reviewing the 2020 Jack Allen St. Louis Blues trade

2020 has been a strange year for all of us, including the St. Louis Blues. It just turned out to be a big mess, overall.

The Blues were focused on defending their Stanley Cup and were doing a good job until the pandemic ruined it all. I mean, how can the St. Louis Blues get destroyed by something completely out of their control so you can go back for a fantastic shot?

Regardless, the resumption of the season and late summer playoffs push many schedules back. This means that transactions that would normally occur in July have slipped into the fall.

Same thing happened with Jack Allen. Just looking at the September 2nd date, you wouldn’t be alone in thinking that the Snakes were dealt a few days before the start of the preseason.

Instead, it wasn’t close to the season since everything was pushed back. However, we’re far enough along now that we can see the deal and get a somewhat better idea of ​​how it panned out.

Clearly, the Blues knew they couldn’t drag Allen along for the ride. They committed serious money and contract length to Jordan Binnington.

Had Allen stayed on the books for his 2020-21 season, the Blues would have spent more than $10 million on goals alone. Interestingly, Montreal is doing more than that now, but that’s another story.

As for St. Louis, they knew it wasn’t fiscally responsible. They also knew it was best to let Allen start over.

So, on September 2, 2020, the Blues dealt the Snakes to Montreal in exchange for a third-round pick and a seventh-round pick in 2020. It worked for Montreal because none of those picks were real assets and it worked for them. Blues because they have managed to add to their organizational depth.

With a third round pick, the Blues selected Dylan Peterson, 86th overall. In the seventh round, Chase Bradley was taken with the 203rd overall pick, though we’ll get into that in a moment.

Peterson has the physical attributes to be a solid pro. At age 20, he was 6’4.

He could stand to put on a little weight, but he’s already got the mindset of getting in front of the net and that’s hard to teach. However, even his scouting reports say he is still coming to grips with his size.

Peterson currently plays for Boston University. In his first two collegiate seasons, he scored 13 goals and 22 points in 45 games.

These aren’t eye-popping numbers, but not indicative of a poor player. He’ll just take a little longer to develop and will likely take a few years in the AHL before turning pro.

Then things got complicated, at least in terms of tracking it all down. Chad Bradley was taken with a draft pick in 2020, but the Blues did not make that selection.

They traded a 2020 seventh rounder for the same round in 2021. The Detroit Red Wings selected Bradley, ironically born in St. Louis.

When the pick came up in 2021, the Blues selected Ivan Vorobiev. He has not yet played in the highest division.

The Russians have played in their version of the AHL and some other lower leagues, but have yet to play a KHL game. Whether he makes his way to North America at some point remains to be seen.

He’s only 20, so there’s time, but production is always hard to measure in some of these European leagues. Still, he scored 21 goals and 50 points in the MHL as an 18-year-old.

Overall, for now, it looks like the Canadiens still thrived on this deal, but it was also a trade that had to happen. Allen needed to play elsewhere and the Blues couldn’t afford to spend that much on goaltending.

For those who would point to Allen’s numbers in Montreal, that’s not fair either. The Canadiens have been one of the worst teams in the league since Allen arrived, giving him no support offensively or defensively. They made it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2021 only because of the hot streak and behind Carey Price.

Frankly, Allen probably won more games than the Canadiens deserve in 2021-22. He did well as a backup and pseudo-starter when Price was injured.

As far as returning blues, that’s extremely up in the air. College draft picks are a crap shoot at best.

Peterson has size, but that’s not all that matters. Logan Brown also has size and is still trying to live up to his potential and actually be in the league.

That’s not to belittle Peterson and any potential futures. The realistic view is don’t expect him to make the jump, or at least not in the next few years.

Vorobiev is in the same boat. Like Canadians, Russians are often born into hockey, with almost no choice. It tends to breed genius.

Still, the uncertainty of when he might come to North America always makes a Russian prospect unreliable. Don’t expect to see Vorobiev any time soon.

Maybe in four or five years we will be singing a different tune. Maybe these two will turn out to be good NHL players and we won’t even remember Jake Allen.
Given the current state of the Blues goaltending situation, I prefer Allen over the pick.

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