Photo: Goaltender Jake Allen moved up to the number one spot in the Blues Top 20 following the graduation of Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz (courtesy of Russell Lansford/Icon SMI)
Since the previous Top 20 rankings, the St. Louis Blues have changed dramatically in terms of prospects and those will be reflected in this edition of the Blues’ Top 20.
Photo: David Rundblad, selected 12th overall, is the lone NHL player among the St. Louis 2009 draft class. The Swedish defenseman, currently with Phoenix, was traded to Ottawa in the summer of 2010 for the first round pick used to draft Vladimir Tarasenko (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
During most NHL drafts, the St. Louis Blues have been known to capitalize on their draft picks, whether they have a first or not. The 2009 draft proved to be a different story for the Blues, as they were unable to pick worthwhile players with any of their six draft choices.
Photo: Winger Dmitrij Jaskin leads Chicago Wolves rookies in points-per-game so far in 2013-14. His play earned him a four-game stint with St. Louis in late December (courtesy of Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
The Chicago Wolves are the new AHL affiliate for the St. Louis Blues and have been somewhat productive this year. The Wolves are currently second in their division with a record of 19-13-1-2.
Photo: Winger Dmitrij Jaskin is part of a new class of prospects skating with the Blues’ new AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves (courtesy of Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images)
The St. Louis Blues minor league team suffered drastically from a shortage of high-end talent last season. On the blue line, the Peoria Rivermen, lacked significant offensive production, putting immense pressure on the forwards.
Photo: Defenseman Mark Cundari, signed as a free agent by the Blues in 2010, ranks fourth overall on the Peoria Rivermen with 20 points this season. (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
With immense depth at the NHL, junior and European levels of hockey, it should come as no surprise that the St. Louis Blues are lacking offensively-dominant players at the AHL and ECHL levels. Jaden Schwartz has been called-up to the big club, while Vladimir Tarasenko has finally come over from Europe. As more talented prospects make their way to the big club, the AHL affiliate Peoria Rivermen has started to struggle as a result.