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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Round 3A: Austin Baker, LW/Michigan State

Including Yegor Surin, every player listed so far boasts the size you want to see from the newest arrivals into the prospects pool, and that’s also the case for the 6’0, 192-pound Austin Baker. Like many projected mid-round picks, he’s not putting up the same productivity, but still, 10 goals in 25 games at the USHL level is an outstanding place to begin. 

Round 3B: Mac Swanson, LW/North Dakota

Mac Swanson is the first player on this list who is slightly built, standing at just 5’7. But he’s also the kind of player who, if his productivity is off the charts, you ask yourself how much higher he would have been drafted if his size matched those slated to go earlier. Swanson’s productivity - 77 points and 26 points in 55 games this past season - should be more than enough to convince you Swanson can be another Alex DeBrincat or Brad Marchand. So if he falls to St. Louis, he’s a prospect to follow. 

Round 4: Luke McNamara, C/Saginaw Spirit/Kingston Frontenacs

Luke McNamara won’t put up many points, but the center is someone who helps extend a lot of plays in the offensive zone. And if he’s the catalyst for a team putting up big numbers when they possess the puck, he’s a player to watch if he ends up in the Blues system if Armstrong were fortunate enough to draft him here.