St. Louis Blues: Charlie Elick D, draft portfolio

As the NHL Draft draws near, hockey experts are busy predicting the potential selections. Among the players in the spotlight is Charlie Elick, a promising defenseman. In one of the recent mock drafts, he was linked to the St. Louis Blues.
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The anticipation is noticeable as the NHL Draft approaches, particularly for the highly anticipated first-round. Hockey pundits are making their final predictions, adding to the excitement.

The draft, set to take place in the exciting city of Las Vegas on June 28 and 29, is a hot topic of discussion. All eyes are on Macklin Celebrini's future, who is being touted as the potential number-one selection, adding to the intrigue and excitement of the event.

The St. Louis Blues hold the No. 16 selection, a pick that can provide an excellent future player.

In most recent mock drafts, experts have the Blues selecting a defenseman.

In a notable prediction, Bleacher Report has the St. Louis Blues selecting Charlie Elick. This potential selection could significantly impact the team, as Elick's skills and attributes could fill a crucial gap in the Blues' defensive lineup.

Charlie Elick

"The 6'3", 198-pound  has the size to become a solid shutdown NHL defenseman. He skates well for someone his size, is among the hardest hitters in this draft, and is tough to beat one-on-one. The Blues' lack of a right-shot blueliner among their  could make Elick an enticing draft option," shared Lyle Richardson.

With a height of 6'3", Elick's good size could give him an advantage in potentially joining competitive NHL play soon.

Elick, who hails from Alberta, is 18 and has played for the Brandon Wheat Kings in the WHL for three years.

WHL Stats:

2021-22: 9 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points.
2022-23: 56 games, 3 goals, 8 assists, 11 points.
2023-24: 65 games, 4 goals, 23 assists, 27 points.

Elick's consistent point growth in each year of WHL play excites scouts. However, his size makes him a promising prospect, matching his overall play improvement.

If size is a factor in drafting a defenseman, expect St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong to consider pulling the trigger on Elick.