St. Louis Blues: August 30 in 30

Paul Zwambag

2016-08-25

Ivan Barbashev - photo courtesy: Aaron Bell/CHL Images

A combination of deft scouting and shrewd picks has enabled the Blues to remain competitive for a sustained period of time. For examples look no further than recent draftees Robby Fabbri and Colton Parayko. Both players were huge contributors for the Blues this past season and played critical roles in their march to the Western Conference Final. Fabbri, drafted in the opening round of 2014 after 20 other teams passed on him, was arguably the Blues best player in the playoffs and Parayko, an early season Calder Trophy favourite, was and unheralded third rounder from 2013. With picks like these and more on the way, St. Louis has set itself up nicely for the future.

 

LEFT WING

CENTER

RIGHT WING

Samuel Blais

Mackenzie MacEachern

Kenny Agostino

Jordan Caron

Zach Pochiro

Liam Dunda

Filip Helt

Ivan Barbashev

Conner Bleackley

Glenn Gawdin

Tanner Kaspick

Nolan Stevens

Nikolaj Krag Christinsen

 

Tage Thompson

Ty Rattie

Jordan Kyrou

Austin Poganski

 

 

 

 

LEFT DEFENSE

 

RIGHT DEFENSE

Jake Walman

Vince Dunn

Dmitri Sergeyev

Jordan Schmaltz

Tommy Vannelli

Morgan Ellis

GOALTENDERS

Ville Husso

Jordan Binnington

Pheonix Copley

Evan Fitzpatrick

 

Risers

Jake Walman – Walman has really rocketed up the prospect ranks thanks to an exceptional season skating for the Providence Friars. Were it not for a shoulder injury, there’s a good chance Walman would have been in the Hobey Baker conversation at the end of 2015-16. He came out like a bullet scoring 13 goals and 28 points in 27 games averaging over four shots per game. A dual citizen of the US and Canada, he declared his allegiance to the Great White North and was squarely on Hockey Canada’s radar for the 2016 WJC before the aforementioned injury ended his season. It will be interesting to see what he can do in his third college season and if he can build off a strong sophomore campaign.

 

Ville Husso – A brilliant 2015-16 season has vaulted Husso into the upper echelon among goaltending prospects. In his third seas