St. Louis Blues: A look at the future, three key prospects emerge at development camp

The development camp is over. What St. Louis Blues prospects impressed the most?
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The development camp is just that: a short camp allowing NHL prospects to showcase their existing talent and learn tips from their mentors.

It’s no replacement for training camp or official practice, but it still gives hockey analysts insight into the progression and current skill level of promising prospects within the organization.

The St. Louis Blues development camp was held from July 1st to July 3rd.

From press releases, comments on X, and a quick analysis from St. Louis area hockey experts, three particular prospects stood out: Dalibor Dvorsky, Theo Lindstein, and Jimmy Snuggerud.

All eyes are on Dalibor Dvorsky

It’s no surprise that Dvorsky’s name is gaining momentum. Many see him as a strong contender for a full-time roster spot in 2024-25. His high accolades and impressive performance at the camp only solidified this anticipation.

Within the three-day camp, he showed off his talent in both speed and scoring, notably his ability to maneuver around skaters and find the open net.

However, St. Louis Hockey writer Lou Korac also raved about Theo Lindstein. Lindstein, too, has high expectations as a first-round pick in 2023.

Blues fans would welcome the speedy development and the opportunity to see Lindstein sooner rather than later. Lindstein is a defenseman, the one position most fans argue they need help at as soon as possible. His speed could be a game-changer for the team in the near future.

Jimmy Snuggerud is probably the most NHL ready player

Snuggerud, the offensive threat from the University of Minnesota, made a surprising decision to continue his collegiate career for a third year. However, this decision eventually gained the blessing of GM Doug Armstrong, leaving fans intrigued about his future.

It appears that Snuggerud is already in line for a guaranteed spot in the 2025-26 season. The decision to return to college for a third year could result in long-term benefits for him in the NHL.

While the development camp isn’t the same as the official training camp, it was a valuable opportunity for the Blues brass to gain a quick but insightful look at their top upcoming talent, reassuring fans about the team’s future.

Blues fans are eagerly waiting for skilled players to go full-time in the NHL. For now, we eagerly wait and see who will become the next prized player.