Photo: Jokerit defenseman and Dallas Stars prospect Esa Lindell (R) scored the first goal of the game in Finland’s 3-2 gold medal win over Sweden at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of LUDVIG THUNMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
With the wealth of talented young defensemen coming out of Finland's junior hockey program lately, it's hard to imagine that just three years ago there was a serious dearth of prospects.
Photo: Winger Dmitrij Jaskin leads Chicago Wolves rookies in points-per-game so far in 2013-14. His play earned him a four-game stint with St. Louis in late December (courtesy of Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
The Chicago Wolves are the new AHL affiliate for the St. Louis Blues and have been somewhat productive this year. The Wolves are currently second in their division with a record of 19-13-1-2.
Photo: Zach Pochiro, the St. Louis Blues’ fourth round pick in 2013, leads the Prince George Cougars with 54 penalty minutes while ranking fourth on the team with 10 goals through 26 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The St. Louis Blues currently possess talented youths at all positions in the CHL. This season, the Blues most talented junior players are at the left wing position. While Tommy Vannelli is an exceptional player on defense, the combination of William Carrier, Zach Pochiro, and Ryan Tesink provides the Blues with significant depth at the position.
Photo: Red Wings draft pick Anthony Mantha has torn up the QMJHL and put himself in prime position for a prominent role on Team Canada at the 2014 WJC (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Welcome to the November 2013 edition of On the Rush, a monthly column featuring prospects at various competition levels who are either exceeding expectations or falling a little behind.
Photo: Winger Dmitrij Jaskin is part of a new class of prospects skating with the Blues’ new AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves (courtesy of Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images)
The St. Louis Blues minor league team suffered drastically from a shortage of high-end talent last season. On the blue line, the Peoria Rivermen, lacked significant offensive production, putting immense pressure on the forwards.