The St. Louis Blues have a plethora of talented prospects and many of them play in the AHL. While a few have received NHL opportunities over the last year, others are still finding their footing at the ripe age of 21 or 22. The goaltending prospects are incredibly talented and the defensive group looks very promising. At forward, the Blues have plenty of big names on the prospect front but will be patient with their development. Several of these young players will benefit from larger opportunities which will likely happen at the minor league level.
Here is a look at the Western Hockey League’s Western Conference heading into the 2011-2012 season. Things could change on the rosters as the deadline for WHL teams to announce their three 20-year-olds comes along in mid-October. Near the end of October, which NHL teams are prepared to keep their recently drafted prospects beyond the first ten regular season games will also be decided.
Kelowna Rockets (Last Season: 43-28-0-1; 1st in B.C. Division)
The biggest hole the Rockets will have to fill is on the backend where Tyson Barrie is expected to stick somewhere in the Colorado Avalanche system. Picking up the offensive slack, along with quarterbacking the power play, will become major concerns in Kelowna.