Photo: C.J. Yakimowicz has used his skating ability to help increase his offensive output in his second season with the London Knights (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
After so many players were lost to graduation, the St. Louis Blues’ prospect pool looked, for the most part, drained. With a very strong draft last year, the St. Louis Blues have put together a very promising group of prospects at the junior level. Leading the charge is the doubled-headed dragon of Ivan Barbashev and Robby Fabbri, who have helped replenish the center depth in the Blues’ system. Read more»
Photo: Ville Husso will be the primary goaltender for HIFK Helsinki in 2014-15 after posting a 1.99 goals against average in 2013-14. (courtesy of IFK Helsinki/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)
After a season with only a few high-end prospects in their system, the St. Louis Blues will enjoy a deeper prospect pipeline heading into the 2014-15 season. A major help in replenishing the prospect pool was the 2014 NHL Draft, where the Blues made 10 picks, including six in the first four rounds. With the current depth on the Blues’ roster, many of their prospects will spend time at other levels of hockey to improve their overall game.
Photo: Robby Fabbri, selected 21st overall by St. Louis, was a top goal scorer in 2013-14 for the OHL champion and Memorial Cup runner-up Guelph Storm (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
With 10 picks, the St. Louis Blues used the 2014 NHL Draft to replenish their coffers and added some very respectable talent to the pipeline. This was the first time since 2008 the Blues drafted double-digit players, and based on their success the last time around, this could be considered an extremely important draft for the Blues down the line. Read more»
Photo: St. Louis Blues prospect Ivan Barbashev, the first of two 2014 second round picks for that club, will be looking to join former Moncton Wildcats teammate Dmitri Jaskin on the Blues’ roster (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
In some ways, it is disappointing that a year after having 31 players chosen at the NHL Draft (including the current Calder Trophy winner), the QMJHL dropped to having only 17 players selected in the 2014 draft. On the other hand, it is a return to familiar territory for the league. Historically, the QMJHL seems to follow particularly strong years with weaker cohorts (and early speculation for the 2015 draft points to an upswing of QMJHL players once again). Read more»