With Bob Tory rubbing elbows with the other GMs and such at the WHL meetings earlier this week in Vancouver, it was the perfect setting to test the waters for today’s overage deadline.
The Americans have four 20-year-old players — Kruise Reddick, Tyler Schmidt, Mike Brown and Alex Pechruskiy — on the roster. Simply put, come this morning, one has to go.
Reddick and Schmidt are safe. With Brendan Shinnimin suspended until Nov. 13, the Americans need Reddick’s scoring and his leadership. Schmidt is the veteran on a blue line full of young ones still learning to play the game at the WHL level.
Alex is a 20-year-old goalie fighting for playing time with Drew Owsley. As a Russian, he also takes up a Euro spot. Good goalies are hard to come by, but Alex has trade value. He would be a great addition for a team that is lacking talent between the pipes (there are a few) and that has room for another Euro.
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Mike has made a big impact since arriving at the trade deadline in January. He plays a physical game and has shown the offensive side of his game during the preseason and into the regular season. He, along with Schmidt, brings a physical presence to the ice that the Americans need.
My thought: Keep Mike and trade Alex (somewhere in the Eastern Conference) for a good defenseman.