Photo: Among the players competing at the 2014 Traverse City Prospects Tournament are 2014 first round picks Sam Reinhart (L), Robby Fabbri (C), and Sonny Milano (R) (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images – Terry Wilson/OHL Images – Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
A selection of prospects from eight NHL teams have descended on Traverse City, MI for the 2014 edition of that city’s annual prospects tournament. Futures from the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues will battle it out for prospect supremacy at the biggest of the NHL prospects tournaments. Read more»
Photo: Ivan Barbashev returns to the Moncton Wildcats in 2014-15. He was selected by St. Louis in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
While Jake Allen has enjoyed a long run as the St. Louis Blues’ top prospect since Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz graduated, the time has come for the young goaltender to pass the torch. The key additions to the Fall 2014 Top 20 include the Blues’ top two picks from the 2014 NHL Draft, Robby Fabbri and Ivan Barbashev. As new players make their way onto the list, others like Yannick Veilleux, Petteri Lindbohm and Sergei Andronov have been forced to take a back seat in the latest edition of the Blues’ Top 20.
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: Despite having a shoulder injury needing repair, the Vancouver Canucks made Calgary Hitmen forward Jake Virtanen their top pick at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)
The Vancouver Canucks figure to have a new look in the coming years with new general manager Jim Benning and a new head coach in Willie Desjardins. The makeover in Vancouver started on Friday afternoon even before the 2014 NHL Draft began when the Canucks engineered a series of trades — one of which sent veteran Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks in a multi-player deal.
Photo: Zach Pochiro, St. Louis’ 112th overall pick in 2013, was a point-per-game player while earning 123 penalty minutes for Prince George in 2013-14 (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
While the St. Louis Blues have not won a Stanley Cup, the current team they have put together seems to be on the right track. There are very few holes on the NHL team, but they are running out of resources at the lower levels of hockey.