The most significant change in the Blues’ pipeline is the graduation of Jake Allen. He has spent parts of the past few seasons in the NHL and has looked good behind Brian Elliott. While Allen has done enough to graduate this season, several prospects have made a good impression with the coaching staff and are garnering much larger roles as the season progresses. The trade of the promising Maxim Letunov in the deadline deal for Zbynek Michalek also opens up a spot in this ranking. Outside the NHL, other prospects have either been assigned to ECHL roles or are developing in the AHL.
The Chicago Wolves, the St. Louis Blues’ AHL affiliate, have enjoyed a very strong season thanks to several of the Blues prospects who remain on the roster. While a few have been called up due to their impressive play, many of the young players on the Wolves’ roster have come through with solid seasons thus far.
Finnish alternate captains Jani Hakanpaa and Joonas Donskoi nearly achieved their goal of competing for the gold medal at the 2012 World Junior Championship. But the duo and their Finnish teammates fell short of that goal, losing a semi-final shootout thriller to rival Finland, 3-2.
The two Finnish players talked about the disappointing loss to Sweden following the game.