After a second place finish in the Western Conference during the 2011-12 season, the hope and promise surrounding the Blues organization is more immediate than ever. That said there were still plenty of notable performances from the prospect ranks within the St. Louis pipeline and even more promise on the horizon. In the inaugural edition of the St. Louis Blues prospect awards, Hockey's Future takes a look at some of these performances. The winner for each category was determined by the writer with assistance from the HF staff.
There has been plenty of movement among the St. Louis Blues top 20 this season. Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz remain the top prospects in the system but there are several new names among the organization's top 10 prospects. Even after graduating several talented defensemen in recent years, the St. Louis pipeline has a new wave of blue line prospects on the horizon. The 2011 draft class also made an impact, led by Ty Rattie's breakout WHL season as well as a pair of QMJHL prospects making their debut in the rankings.
Welcome to January edition of On the Rush, a column which features hockey players at the North American professional, junior, and amateur levels as well as those playing in the European pro leagues.
Players fall into two different categories, Leading the Rush and Trailing the Play. This month, we feature several mid-to-late round picks who have been lighting up the scoreboards as well as several key performers from the 2012 WJCs. We also feature several players who started the 2011-12 season strong, but have since tailed off.
Leading the Rush
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