Blues 1-1 In Prospects Tournament


OTTAWA, ON - JUNE 21: 34th overall pick, Jake Allen of the St. Louis Blues poses for a portrait at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft at Scotiabank Place on June 21, 2008 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)

The young guns for the Blues are in Traverse City, Michigan for a prospects tournament, and they have been impressive by all accounts so far. In Game 1, the Blues doubled up the Lightning by a score of 4-2. Brett Sonne netted two goals for the Note, with Tyler Shattock and Anthony Peluso putting up the other two scores. David Shields had two assists, and Alex Pietrangelo got on the board with an assist as well. Jake Allen got the win in net, as he stopped 24-of-26 shots faced.

I like seeing Sonne making an impact, and I expect some more good things from him in the future. Pietrangelo has reportedly been extremely impressive thus far, and I still think he will be on the opening day roster in St. Louis. He is only helping his cause so far. Jake Allen might just be the future in net for the Note, so good outing for him.

The Blues dropped the second game of the tourney to Dallas by a score of 4-1. The only Blues goal of Game 2 was scored by Josh Shalla, and new addition Stefan Della Rovere made his presence felt with a fight in the first. Backup goalie Peter DiSalvo got the start, and he stopped 29-of-33 shots faced. He allowed two goals in the first, but he settled down and played fairly well after that.

Obviously, Game 2 wasn’t as impressive, but still not all bad. Della Rovere had an assist in Game 1, and he looked good for the second straight day. I’m not overly concerned about the play of DiSalvo, as he doesn’t seem likely to crack the big team any time soon with Jaroslav Halak, Ty Conklin, Ben Bishop, and Allen all in front of him. By all accounts it has been a good tourney so far, and the team takes the ice again Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Tags: Alex Pietrangelo Anthony Peluso Ben Bishop Brett Sonne Dallas Stars David Shields Jake Allen Jaroslav Halak Josh Shalla Michigan Peter DiSalvo Prospects Camp St. Louis Blues Stefan Della Rovere Tampa Bay Lightning Traverse City Ty Conklin Tyler Shattock