Going into the 2011 draft, many of the Blues' top prospects could be found playing either in Europe or in the AHL. However this past June, GM Doug Armstrong made a number of picks from major junior ranks, focusing especially on the Western Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior League.
Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
- Scoring potential at both right and left wing
- Improved depth in goal
- Scoring depth at center and defense
- Depth at left wing needs improvement
Legend of Players' Leagues
- Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
- Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
- Playing in NCAA
- Playing in Europe
- Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
- Not Categorized Yet
Credit former Blues player personnel director and current GM Doug Armstrong and his staff; as the team's NHL fortunes appear to be on the rise, the St. Louis Blues' talent pipeline is also one of the deepest and strongest in the game.
At forward, not only is there significant quality depth, particularly at center and right wing, but this group also displays an interesting and promising range of skills, with both finesse and power players.
On defense, there are a significant number of legitimate NHL prospects who project as at least second or third pairing defenseman. And, clearly, recent NHL history shows that a team can never have enough NHL quality defensemen, especially come playoff time.
Strength at forward is what defines the current crop of prospects for the St. Louis Blues. Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz continue to lead the Blues prospect pool though new additions Ty Rattie, Dmitri Jaskin, and Evgeny Grachev bring some additional depth.
The St. Louis Blues were without a first round pick in the 2011 draft, but with three second round sections the club was able to add some promising prospects. Their first selection, Ty Rattie, put up impressive numbers for Portland of the WHL and was ranked as the 17th best North American skater by Central Scouting. The club also strengthened their already impressive standing between the pipes, selecting two goaltenders – Jordan Binnington and Niklas Lundstrom.
Ty Rattie, RW – Portland Winterhawks (WHL)