31-Year-Old Goalie – Free Agent
Gerald Coleman Contract Information:
Signed an AHL-ECHL contract with St. Louis in Sept. 2010.
Coleman, who has been in the Blues training camp, signed an AHL-ECHL contract, the Peoria Journal Star reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Gerald Coleman.
Coleman, 25, was brought into St. Louis 2010-11 training camp, essentially as an extra set of pads for the preseason. He was a promising young talent at the under-18 and junior levels, but struggled when the level of talent improved when he made it to the AHL. There will be no room for him at Peoria of the AHL, so he could wind up playing for the Alaska Aces of the ECHL.
Coleman is an nice enough netminder but both he and Jonathan Boutin face a long, tough slog to the NHL. Neither is considered in the Bolts' top-10 list of prospect and that's mighty damning praise (the Tampa Bay system is probably the worst in the NHL). Coleman needs to escalate his play dramatically in the AHL this season and next to fend off the next Finnish superstar, Riku Helenius.
Hot off a Memorial Cup win with the powerhouse London Knights, Coleman's stock has never been higher. But temper your enthusiasm. Coleman was never able to establish himself as a clear-cut number one in London, instead remaining one half of a potent platoon. He tall and lanky, and often surrenders a shaky goal, something that was well-hidden behind the offensive and defensive talents of his Knight teammates. He'll battle Jonathan Boutin for the backup role in Springfield for 2005-06, and may someday pull it together to take a run at an NHL job. It just won't be any time soon.