Photo: Ty Rattie joins a diverse and talented group of forwards in St. Louis. (Photo courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
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.
1. (1) Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, 8.5C
Drafted 1st Round, 16th overall, 2010
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)
2nd Round, 32nd Overall
Height: 6'0 Weight: 167 lbs
It may be a vacation for many including players, families and many others but not quite a vacation for the likes of Larry Pleau. Pleau has been very active throughout the summer and the following is a recap of his moves thus far.
The first bit of news was the announcement to some veterans that they would not be a part of the blues future. These players included: Center Bob Bassen, Right Wing Stephane Richer, and Defensemen Dave Ellet and Rudy Poeschek. It was also made clear that minor leaguers Jim Campbell and Derek King would not be offered contracts and would become unrestricted free agents.
Next was the signing or releasing of the 98 draft picks. For junior draft picks, you retain their rights for two years after the draft, for European draft picks, you retain their rights for four years after the draft and for college players remain your rights until their college eligibility is up. In keeping with the rules, no decision had to be made at this time on defensemen Christian Backman, Andrei Trochinsky, Yvegeny Pastukh and John Pohl. For the remaining players in the system the blues elected to sign only defensemen Matt Walker of the Kootenay Ice of the WHL. For others, Maxim Linnik, Brad Voth and Brad Twordik were all released. Along with the 98 draftees, 21 year old James Desmerais was not given a contract and became a free agent, he was selected in the final round of the 99 draft.