Photo: St. Louis Blues prospect Ivan Barbashev has shown a strong two-way game. (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
The most significant change in the Blues’ pipeline is the graduation of Jake Allen. He has spent parts of the past few seasons in the NHL and has looked good behind Brian Elliott. While Allen has done enough to graduate this season, several prospects have made a good impression with the coaching staff and are garnering much larger roles as the season progresses. The trade of the promising Maxim Letunov in the deadline deal for Zbynek Michalek also opens up a spot in this ranking. Outside the NHL, other prospects have either been assigned to ECHL roles or are developing in the AHL.
Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oliver Bjorkstrand scored four goals in five games for Denmark’s surprising squad at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)
With playoffs underway in the KHL and the second season soon to start in all major North American leagues, February is the start of hockey’s stretch drive. And while new candidates for the month’s top NHL prospect emerged, the continued consistency from top stars is what stood out most in the month of February. Read more»
Photo: Two Vancouver Canucks prospects – Jordan Subban of the Belleville Bulls and Cole Cassels of the Oshawa Generals – will go head-to-head this weekend in OHL action (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
Two childhood friends continue their friendly rivalry on the big stage, and in the WHL an accomplished defenseman goes one-on-one against one of the league’s best rookies. In the OHL, it’s a meeting of two Vancouver Canucks prospects, while former Russian teammates collide in an important QMJHL matchup. Finally, two prospects at opposite ends of the same draft see each other again in the SHL. Read more»
Photo: St. Louis Blues rookie defenseman Petteri Lindbohm didn’t just net his first NHL goal in the Blues’ win over the Boston Bruins, as he also had a bout with the Bruins’ Jordan Caron (courtesy of Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire)
After a sluggish first period for he and his St. Louis Blues teammates, Blues defenseman Petteri Lindbohm scored the goal – his first NHL goal – that got the Blues rolling to an eventual 5-1 win over the Boston Bruins. Read more»
Photo: St. Louis Blues prospect Dmitrij Jaskin could provide additional scoring depth in the playoffs. (courtesy of Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire)
Going into the season, it was already clear that the St. Louis Blues had a strong lineup and did not need to rush any young players. Fortunately, even with the few spots available at the NHL level, a couple of prospects are enjoying increasingly significant roles as the Blues make a run for the NHL playoffs.