The St. Louis Blues need to restock their forward lines with prospects. A versatile forward from the Barrie Colts might be just right.
The St. Louis Blues have had some very good drafts in recent past. The only problem with past good drafts is those players eventually get to the NHL, or in some cases flame out, and you need to restock.
That’s basically where the Blues are right now. They had one of the best pipelines in the entire league not long ago, but now Robert Thomas is making an impact and Jordan Kyrou and Klim Kostin are knocking on the door.
So, nobody should be surprised if the Blues use their 2020 first-round draft pick on a forward. We could argue whether they will even have that pick once the 2020 draft comes around, but that’s a topic for another time.
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For this one, let’s take a look at a North American forward. Namely, one from Alliston Ontario, Tyson Foerster.
In the mock draft held on our sister site, Puck Prose, they have the Blues taking the Barrie Colts forward with their first-round pick. Foerster is not as flashy as some of the other prospects, but he might make the jump to the NHL sooner than some of the other late round selections.
Foerster already has an NHL body. He’s not overly tall at 6’1, but he’s got good size weighing in at 194 lbs according to EliteProspects.
Foerster doesn’t have a ton of experience listed on EliteProspects, compared to some other prospects, but his brief experience in upper level hockey has been fruitful. At 16, he scored 20 goals and 61 points in 34 games.
His first season in the OHL (Ontario Hockey League) was not that successful, but everything clicked in 2019-20. In 62 games, Foerster exploded for 36 goals and 80 points.
Foerster is ranked as the 21st overall skater in North America. He is ranked as high as 15th by TSN/Craig Button.
Foerster is another versatile forward as well. He is capable of playing on the wing, where many prospects start out anyway, but is listed as a center.
The Blues could use a center that is capable of scoring goals. Nothing against Thomas, but he is shaping up to be a pass-first (and second) player.
Having a guy up the middle that will shoot will be beneficial in the future.