The Blues had eight selections in this year’s NHL draft, none within the first round. In the second round, however, St. Louis picked up 3 young prospects. First, at #32, was Ty Rattie. He had quite a post-season showing for Portland in the WHL, picking up 22 points(nine goals, 13 assists) in only 16 games, eventually joining the team in the WHL championship. He’s not a big guy(5’11”, 163 pounds), but obviously stood out in the Blues’ eyes and will hopefully be a big part of the lineup one day.
Second came Dmitrij Jaskin at the 41st selection overall. This past season, Jaskin played in the Czech league, tallying ten points in 33 games. No, that’s not too impressive, but sure was a standout when he played for Czech Republic in the 2011 Under-18 World Championship, leading the team in scoring with four goals in only six games. This young man has potential without a doubt. It’ll be interesting to see how the organization builds him into an NHL player.
The Blues’ final pickup in the second round was Joel Edmundson at pick 46. Another player from the WHL, Edmundson played 71 games for the Moose Jaw Warriors, posting 20 points(two goals, 18 assists) with a +3 rating. At only 17 years old, this guy is pretty big(6’4″, 194 pounds) and used his size to his advantage when winning the hardest shot competition(98MPH). I’d keep my eyes out for this kid, because I believe he’ll end up playing a key role in the Blues organization.
With the final five picks for the Blues in the 2011 NHL draft, St. Louis selected Jordan Binnington(88th overall), Yannick Veilleux(102nd overall), Niklas Lundstrom(132nd overall), Ryan Tesink(162nd overall), and Teemu Eronen(192nd overall).
Over the weekend, the Blues also acquired prospect Evgeny Grachev from the New York Rangers in exchange for a 3rd round draft pick in this years draft(eventually becoming Steven Fogarty). Grachev skated for the Rangers in eight games last season, but most of his work has been with the Hartford Wolfack(Rangers’ Affiliate). In two seasons with the team, Evgeny played 153 games, recording 66 points(28 goals, 38 assists). This is another big body for the Blues as Grachev stands at 6’4″ and 224 pounds.
It’s going to be great to see how the organization builds each of this players and how they put them to work. Time will only tell if this team can finally put a team together that can make a deep playoff push and the draft is the first step. No big moves were made, but we’ve still got a long summer to go through. Let’s get it started!