2024 NHL Mock Draft 1.0 reveals who the St. Louis Blues should select in each round

The St. Louis Blues should focus on improving their defensive depth in the 2024 NHL Draft, but sometimes, the best available makes for the better pick.
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From now until the end of June, get ready for some serious mock drafts regarding the St. Louis Blues as they prepare for the 2024 NHL Draft. Each seven-round mock that I conduct will come from FC Hockey’s Mock Draft Builder, allowing me to simulate the drafts and pick only for the Blues. 

So, the names you see below and in the following slides may not have been my initial choices, but when the players I listed as top picks went elsewhere in this scenario, I used a few creative tactics to create the best possible draft class. 

For the first two rounds, I looked for size and productivity, plus need, especially on the blue line. Regarding the mid-rounders, I wanted those who produced well, but may have lacked in other areas, like size, for example. As for my late-round picks, it was all about either high-potential or if someone freefall and I scooped them up as a potential steal - like my 7A pick. 

Round 1: Igor Chernyshov, LW/Dynamo Moskva

It’s always great to kick off the draft with two traits: taking someone with NHL-caliber size and sound productivity. Igor Chernyshov has both, clocking in at 6’2, 196 lbs, and finishing this past season with 28 points and 13 goals in the MHL. He even saw time in the KHL, but next season, Chernysov should develop his game further as he will likely play for the big club full-time. 

Round 2A: Will Skahan, D/Boston College

The imposing Will Skahan fell to the second round in this mock, and if the same occurs in reality, Doug Armstrong shouldn’t hesitate to take the 6’4, 212-pound 17-year-old. This is a player who may not put up a lot of points, but few blueliners slated to go in the second round or later will boost the Blues prospects pool to the same degree. 

Round 2B: Yegor Surin, C/Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

Yegor Surin is another forward who won’t be in North America for a while, but with 52 points in 42 games at the MHL level, plus another 23 in 19 playoff outings, his presence in the prospects pipeline will excite Blues fans. Whether he falls this far or not in the actual draft is still a mystery, but with the second pick in Round 2, taking him here would be a steal.