Samuel Blais

Hometown:

Montmagny Quebec

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-06-17

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

5-9

Acquired:

6th round (176th overall), 2014

Weight:

164 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History
2011-12: Samuel Blais skated for the Rive-Sud Express Midget Espoir AA team in Quebec. He scored 10 goals with 16 assists and 18 penalty minutes in 23 regular season games and had 2 goals with 6 assists and 4 penalty minutes in seven playoff games. 
 
2012-13: Blais played for the Trois-Rivieres Estacades in the Quebec midget AAA league. He scored 16 goals with 24 assists and 42 penalty minutes. Trois-Rivieres reached the playoff semifinals and in 10 playoff games Blais scored 8 goals with 4 assists and 4 penalty minutes. He was selected by Victoriaville in the eight round (129th overall) of the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft. 
 
2013-14: Blais split the year between the QMJHL’s Victoriaville Tigres and the Levis Commandeurs midget AAA team — seeing extensive action with the Tigres in January and then skating in four playoff games. In 25 regular season games he scored 4 goals with 10 assists and was plus-4 with no penalties. Victoriaville finished fourth in the East Division and faced Drummondville in a first round playoff series. Blais skated in four of five games in the series and was minus-1 with 1 assist. Not among the 210 North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings he was selected by St. Louis in the sixth round (176th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft. 

 

Talent Analysis
Samuel 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.

Future

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.

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