Photo: St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko got off to an impressive start in his NHL career, making him an easy choice as the NHL's top rookie for January (courtesy of Scott Kane/Icon SMI)
Due to the NHL lockout, January was an abbreviated month, with most teams playing just over half a dozen games. Nonetheless, the Hockey’s Future staff was polled to give their early thoughts on the front-runners for the league's Calder Trophy, which recognizes the NHL's top rookie.
Photo: Forward Dmitrij Jaskin is the Hockey's Future Prospect of the Month for January, 2013. Jaskin was prolific over the past month, managing 25 points in just eight QMJHL games. (Courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
Though there were many stellar performances in the month of January, few players were able to match the production of Moncton Wildcats forward Dmitrij Jaskin (STL).
Photo: Feisty Blainville-Boisbriand winger Ryan Tesink, shown here as a member of the Saint John Sea Dogs, is one of several Blues junior prospects who have changed teams this year. (courtesy of Dave Connell/HF)
The St. Louis Blues currently possess one of the deepest prospects pools in the NHL. While names like Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz find their place with the NHL club, the future still remains bright for the Blues. More specifically, the Blues have a tremendous crop of young talent playing at the junior level who have demonstrated the potential to play at the professional level.
Photo: The St. Louis Blues addressed the blue line with their first pick in 2012, drafting dynamic defenseman Jordan Schmaltz with the 25th overall pick. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
The St. Louis Blues are one of few teams to have assets at every position. While the level of skill and potential role could be quite different between each player, the fact remains that the Blues have one of the best crop of players heading into the 48-game NHL season.
Photo: Owen Sound goaltender Jordan Binnington is off to a fantastic start to his OHL campaign and will suit up for Team Canada at the WJC. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The St. Louis Blues have benefited from recent NHL Draft selections and their success in finding NHL-bound stars will likely continue. With the lockout in full swing, many prospects have been given extra time to hone their skills at other levels of hockey. Furthermore, at the mid-season juncture of the CHL, many of the Blues prospects have been proving why they were worthy draft selections.