Oct 29, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues goalieJaroslav Halak
(41) allows a goal scored by Winnipeg Jets center Bryan Little (18) during the third period at Scottrade Center. The Blues defeat the Jets 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Bryan Little has emerged as one of the brightest young players in Winnipeg, and his versatility has earned him respect among the team, but he still remains largely underrated. Little can be used in almost any situation, and his playmaking ability is fitting for a top six position. With talent for a natural center position, and speed and vision for the wing, Little is useful on both the power-play and the penalty-kill. The ‘Hawks will have to be sharp defensively on the rush, as Little has the opportunity to make a shifty play and leave a defender behind. Good special-teams work, something the Blackhawks have struggled with, will be a requirement as well against Little, as he is a killer on both sides of the man-advantage. Cycling the puck well and moving around in the offensive zone will be the key to taking care of Little when it’s five a side and the Blackhawks have the puck.