Top Ten Prospects
Ivan Barbashev, C – Chicago Wolves (AHL) Barbashev seems likely to be playing 3C for the Blues with Patrik Berglund injured. He made positive impressions in his stint in the NHL. He is the type of two way center the Blues depend upon to maintain their style of play.
Klim Kostin, RW/C – Chicago Wolves (AHL) Kostin continues to impress the Blues coaching staff with his mature attitude and super work ethic. I would not be surprised to see him make a big impact at training camp; but I also don’t expect him to get NHL games this season. From all indications Kostin will be playing in the AHL next season even with the strange situation with the St. Louis Blue sharing the Chicago Blues with the Los Vegas Golden Knights
Robert Thomas, C – London Knights (OHL) Thomas has all the tools. He may take more time than Kostin because he has work to do to maintain a two way game at the NHL level. There are no glaring holes in Thomas’ game; but like virtually all young forwards he is going to have to improve in all areas to ultimately make the jump into the NHL.
Tage Thompson, C – Chicago Wolves (AHL) on less talented teams, Thompson would be a candidate to make an NHL out of training camp. Thompson left the University of Connecticut to sign with the Blues in 2016-2017. At times he seemed overwhelmed in the AHL; but on the other hand, 6’5” 200 lb centers are coveted.
Vince Dunn, LD D – Chicago Wolves (AHL) Dunn is coming along quite well in his development. He is the kind of puck moving defensemen modern NHL teams require to be successful. It won’t take many injuries on the Blues for Vince Dunn to make his NHL debut.
Jordan Schmaltz LD D – Chicago Wolves (AHL) Schmaltz had 9 NHL games in 2016-2017. He’s a solid defenseman with potential to add offense to his game.
Jordan Kyrou, RW/C – Sarnia (OHL) Kyrou was a steal as a second round pick. Kyrou will not turn 20 until May 5, 2018, so he is going to be back with Sarnia in 2017-2018. Kyrou was superb at the World Junior Summer Showcase. He is a fine prospect, but he will take some time before he is NHL ready. Kyrou is relentless as well as highly talented.
Jake Walman, LH D – Chicago Wolves (AHL) Walman has yet to make his NHL debut. He is an offensive defenseman with size, superb skating, and the ability to generate shots. His time will come in the NHL, but it is going to be a challenge for Walman get get more than 7 or 8 NHL games in 2017-2018.
Zach Sanford LW – Chicago Wolves (AHL) Sanford played a total of 39 games in the NHL in 2016-2017, split between the Washington Capitals and the St. Louis Blues. He is a classic power forward; but to make the Blues roster, he is going to have to demonstrate he can score goals in the NHL.
Samuel Blais LW – Chicago Wolves (AHL). Blais is something of a sleeper pick. He was taken in the sixth round at pick #176. He was a rookie in the AHL in 2016 – 2017 and managed to score an impressive 26 goals and 17 assists. He is likely to spend 2017-2018 in the AHL; but with overachievers like Blais it is always a mistake to underestimate them.