Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Scoring potential at both right and left wing
  • Improved depth in goal
Weaknesses
  • Scoring depth at center and defense
  • Depth at left wing needs improvement

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

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Pro
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
CHL
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
NCAA
Playing in NCAA
Europe
Playing in Europe
Junior
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
N/A
Not Categorized Yet

Goaltenders

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jake Allen Pro 7.5 C
2. Jordan Binnington Pro 7.0 C
3. Niklas Lundstrom Europe 6.5 C
4. Francois Tremblay CHL 6.5 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Ty Rattie Pro 7.0 C
2. Dmitrij Jaskin Pro 7.0 C
3. Sergei Andronov Pro 6.5 C
4. Sam Kurker Junior 6.5 C
5. Tyler Shattock Pro 6.5 C
6. Cody Beach Pro 6.0 C
7. Sebastian Wannstrom Pro 6.0 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Yannick Veilleux Pro 6.5 C
2. Ryan Tesink CHL 6.5 C
3. Mackenzie MacEachern NCAA 6.5 D
4. Zach Pochiro CHL 6.5 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Max Gardiner NCAA 6.5 C
2. Evgeny Grachev Europe 6.5 D
3. Pat Cannone Pro 6.5 D
4. Max Tardy NCAA 6.0 D
5. Tyrel Seaman CHL 6.0 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Tommy Vannelli CHL 7.5 D
2. Jordan Schmaltz NCAA 7.0 C
3. Jani Hakanpaa Pro 7.0 C
4. Joel Edmundson Pro 7.0 C
5. David Shields Pro 6.5 C
6. Colton Parayko NCAA 6.5 C
7. Petteri Lindbohm Europe 6.5 C
8. Santeri Saari Europe 6.5 D
9. Brett Ponich Pro 6.0 C
10. Nick Walters CHL 6.0 C

Wingers lead the way in St. Louis Blues Top 20 ranking

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Vladimir Tarasenko - St. Louis Blues

Photo: Vladimir Tarasenko maintains his place atop the St. Louis Blues prospect pool heading into the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

 
The St. Louis Blues have had continuous success in the NHL Draft. Finding franchise cornerstones like Alex Pietrangelo, Jake Allen, Jaden Schwartz, and Vladimir Tarasenko has been huge for a team that usually finds itself drafting outside the top-10 picks. 

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St. Louis Blues 2013 draft review

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Tommy  Vannelli - St. Louis Blues

Photo: The Blues made only four selections in the 2013 draft, the first of which was defenseman Tommy Vannelli midway throught he second round (courtesy of Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Blues had only four draft picks in 2013, and were unable to select a player until the 47th overall pick. The Blues already boast high-end skill at the forward positions and tried to improve their defensive prospects in this year's draft.

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St. Louis Blues 2013 draft preview

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Jaden Schwartz - St. Louis Blues

Photo: Jaden Schwartz, selected 14th overall in 2010, skated in 45 regular season and six playoff games for the St. Louis Blues in 2012-13 (courtesy of Keith Gillett/Icon SMI)

Prior to the trade deadline, the St. Louis Blues tried to acquire enough talent to make a push for the Stanley Cup. While the additions of Jay Bouwmeester and Jordan Leopold helped solidify the depth and experience of their blue line, they were unsuccessful in making a run for a championship and lost both young talent and draft picks in the process. In the Bouwmeester deal, the Blues gave up Mark Cundari, Reto Berra, and a conditional first round draft pick, which would be exercised if the Blues made the playoffs. The Blues did make the playoffs and were forced to give up their 2013 first round draft pick to the Calgary Flames.

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Hockey’s Future Prospect of the Year, 2013

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Yevgeni Kuznetsov - Washington Capitals

Photo: Forward Yevgeni Kuznetsov is widely considered to be the top young hockey player not playing in North America. Kuznetsov is currently playing for Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL. (courtesy of Yury Kuzmin/KHL Photo Agency via Getty Images)

With every regular season in hockey finished, it is once again time to select the Hockey's Future Prospect of the Year. Though there were many fantastic performances outside of the NHL, none were quite as good as Yevgeni Kuznetsov (WAS), who this season further cemented himself as the best hockey player not currently in North America.

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Team Rankings: Talented, well-balanced prospect pool gives Florida Panthers top spot

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Jonathan Huberdeau - Florida Panthers

Photo: Florida Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau finished the 2012-13 season tied for the lead among NHL rookies with 31 points (courtesy of Rich Kane/Icon SMI)

Hockey's Future presents the top grouping of the Spring NHL Team Rankings, the staff's ranking of each NHL team's system based on the strength of the entire prospect pool. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The ranking is done twice a year, with this edition being an update to the Fall ranking.

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