Alright, so a G N' R reference from the 80's isn't the most timely thing I could come up with, but it applies to the Blues right now. Blues fans, I beseach you- be patient.
I know we want to see our last two first round picks in the Blue note ASAP, but we may have to wait for both. TJ Oshie (24th pick 2005) annnounced yesterday that he's returning to North Dakota for his junior year and Mr. Erik Johnson? We shall see. They seem to be enjoying the college life and can you really blame them? Money is nice, but college is a life experience that is impossible to go back to once that first contract is signed.
JD has expressed a little dissapointment that he's not getting TJ into the fold next season and also a little dissapointment that EJ didn't finish out this past season with the Blues, but that's all it is. It doesn't look like anyone in the Blues' front office is really freaking out about this, so I guess that's what the fans are for. We still don't know what EJ's plans are, so relax.
Personally I'd rather see these guys come in when they're 100% ready to go. It's just one more season before they become free agents and I'm sure a 27 year old Erik Johnson is going to be better than a 19 year old Erik Johnson.
Remember, we have two top six forwards that each played at least 3 years of college hockey. Lee Stempniak played 4 years at Dartmouth and David Backes played 3 years at the University of Minnesota-Mankato and neither one of them needed a full season in the AHL, so there is precedence for patience paying off in the end.