Talent AnalysisSamuel Blais is an undersized, gifted offensive player who was drafted by the Blues after playing just half a season of junior hockey. Displaying some very good passing skills. he could actually use more selfishness in his offensive game as he is a pass-first player. His skating could use some improvement while his defensive game needs a lot of work.
Blais attended his first training camp with the Blues before being returned to Victoriaville for the 2014-15 season. In his first full season in the QMJHL, the 18-year-old has been the second-leading scorer for the Tigres in the early part of they year behind another talented but small player, overage center Angelo Miceli. Like Miceli he will be challenged at the pro level to prove his size and strength is not an impediment to success. Long-term he projects as a player capable of providing consistent offense; though many forwards with similar skill sets and stature wind up peaking at the AHL level or heading to Europe.