News:Philip McRae scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, in AHL Peoria's win over Chicago on Friday.
Analysis:Philip McRae has three goals this season, all in the last two games, and just five points with a minus-13 rating through 13 games for the Rivermen.
News:Philip McRae had his second hat trick of the season Friday night in AHL Peoria's comeback victory over Rockford in overtime, the Peoria Journal Star reports.
Analysis:Philip McRae was pivotal in the Rivermen's comeback, scoring two goals in the final 72 seconds to send the game into the extra period. Both goals came with the goalie pulled and on the power play, as Rockford took two penalties late. McRae, the 33rd overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, has seven goals and one assist through 14 games for Peoria.
News:Philip McRae scored three goals in AHL Peoria's loss to Texas on Saturday, the Peoria Rivermen's official site reports.
Analysis: It was the first trifecta of Philip McRae's professional career. With injuries hitting the Blues' forwards -- Andy McDonald and David Backes -- McRae is on the short list of names to get a call-up should the major-league club need a player.
News:Philip McRae won 10 of 16 faceoffs Thursday night in the Blues' 1-0 preseason loss to the Wild.
Analysis:Philip McRae has won 15 of his 26 faceoffs during the preseason and has looked good in training camp. He's the most advanced forward prospect within the organization, but he'll open the season in the AHL for the Peoria Rivermen.
News:Philip McRae led all players with seven points (four goals, three assists) at the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City (Mich.), the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis:Philip McRae, who made his professional debut last season, is expected to open the year at AHL Peoria. The Blues added several NHL veterans in the offseason for forward depth and McRae will only get the call if injuries hit hard. A little more seasoning in the AHL should help McRae in the long run.
News: McRae returned to the Blues' lineup after missing 12 games because of a knee injury.
Analysis: McRae lined up on the left wing of the Blues' second line, skating with Patrik Berglund and Chris Stewart. He received 13:49 of ice time Tuesday night in St. Louis' loss to Phoenix.
News: McRae (lower body) has resumed skating and could return to the lineup soon, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: McRae is expected to travel with the Blues, who begin a four-game Western road trip Wednesday night in Anaheim.
News: The Blues will re-evaluate McRae's lower-body injury in two weeks, according to Lou Korac of the Alton Telegraph.
Analysis: With the Blues suffering a couple of injuries on the bottom lines, they've recalled Chris Porter and Adam Cracknell from AHL Peoria.
News: The Blues placed McRae on injured reserve Monday with a lower-body injury, the Alton Telegraph's Lou Korac reports.
Analysis: The move will likely be made retroactive to Feb. 24, when McRae last played. With just two points all season, he shouldn't be on your fantasy radar.
News: McRae has been recalled by the Blues, Lou Korac of the Alton Telegraph reports.
Analysis: His recall may only be a temporary one as the Blues look to adjust their regular lineup after their blockbuster trade with Colorado in the early hours of Saturday morning.
News: McRae has been sent back to Peoria of the AHL by the Blues, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Analysis: Someone needed to go so the team could activate Andy McDonald, who's been out since December 4 with a concussion. McRae was just up for depth, and the 2008 second-rounder will continue to polish his game in the AHL.
News: The Blues recalled McRae from AHL Peoria on Monday, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: McRae will resume his reserve role for now; but with the Blues a long shot to make the playoffs, McRae's playing time could increase over the season's final months.
News: The Blues reassigned McRae to AHL Peoria on Thursday, the Alton Telegraph's Louie Korac reports.
Analysis: McRae potted the first goal of his NHL career Wednesday night and has played fairly well with the Blues this season. This is probably just a move to let him stay active in the AHL over the All-Star break; don't be surprised to see him recalled once the Blues resume play.
News: McRae scored the Blues' lone goal Wednesday night in their 4-1 loss to the Flames. The goal was the first of McRae's NHL career.
Analysis: McRae, who centered the fourth line Wednesday, is getting some in-game shifts alongside the more-skilled members of the top three lines. His goal Wednesday was assisted by third-liners Jay McClement and Brad Boyes.
News: McRae registered his first NHL point with an assist Thursday night in the Blues' win over the Kings.
Analysis: McRae won another three faceoffs Thursday and now has won 10-of-11 in his two games with the parent club.
News: McRae, who made his NHL debut Wednesday night, had three shots and won seven of eight faceoffs in the Blues' loss to the Ducks.
Analysis: The rookie skated primarily on the fourth line and took a penalty on his first NHL shift while going minus-2 for the night. Not exactly a story book start for his NHL career, but he's considered the closest-to-ready forward prospect within the organization. The Blues are letting him get his skates sharp on the fourth line, but there could be an eventual promotion to a scoring line.
News: McRae will make his NHL debut Wednesday night when the Blues face the Ducks in Anaheim, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: McRae will be centering St. Louis' fourth line along with fellow AHL callups Chris Porter and Ryan Reaves.
News: The Blues have called up McRae from their American League Affiliate in Peoria, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. McRae is expected to make his NHL debut Wednesday night in Anaheim.
Analysis: McRae, taken 33rd overall in the 2008 draft, has 11 goals and 11 assists in his first season with the Rivermen. He essentially replaces T.J. Hensick, who was sent back to Peoria after a brief two-game stint with St. Louis.
News: McRae has scored a team-high 10 goals for AHL Peoria, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: McRae is a first-year player at the AHL level and still needs to learn various aspects of the pro game as well as build strength. Otherwise, the Blues could use someone who can find the net. "Philip McRae has played well," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. "He's learning the pro game now. It's just a matter of gaining some strength and some quickness and playing all different parts of the game through 60 minutes. But he's been a real good first-year player for us, and we're real excited about his progress."
News: The Blues sent McRae to Peoria of the American Hockey League, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: McRae has been a prolific scorer at the junior level and now must translate those skills to the AHL. He won't be the first one called up to St. Louis when injuries strike, but he is the most developed forward prospect they have right now. He'll spend the season in Peoria and, depending on his development, challenge for a spot on the Blues in 2011-12.