Tkaczuk, who was a member of the Blues’ minor-league system during the 2001-02 season after being acquired for Roman Turek, certainly seems to be the darkhorse for an opening on this staff. He coached professional players for the first time in 2016-17, serving as an assistant on Berube’s staff with the AHL Chicago Wolves. He’d previously served as an assistant at the junior level for the Owen Sound Attack and Kitchener Rangers of the OHL.
Tkaczuk definitely made a positive impression while working on the Wolves’ staff this past season, and his hard work was evident as the team’s forwards were productive across the board. With Ott having joined the staff, though, Tkaczuk’s odds are probably slim, as Yeo won’t want to have two coaches on his staff without any NHL experience.