Several St. Louis Blues CHL prospects enjoyed long 2012 post-season

by Brad Gardner
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Photo: Goaltender Jordan Binnington had a rough post-season posting an 0-2 record and a 5.00 goals against average. (CHL Images)

 

Plenty of St. Louis prospects made noise during their team's respective postseason runs with several bringing home league championships. Two prospects were integral to Saint John's run toward their second consecutive QMJHL Championship while a third Quebec League prospect came out on top at the Memorial Cup. The Blues were also represented on the Swedish Elite League champion Brynas team. Several other prospects ranked among their league's top scorers during the playoffs despite falling short of the championship.

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2012 Draft: Top 10 Draft eligible prospects from Switzerland

by Rafik Soliman
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Though some have called Switzerland a rising hockey power over the past few years, that ascension seems to have halted. Of course Switzerland had two Top-15 Picks over the last two years in the NHL Entry Draft, but both Nino Niederreiter (NYI) and Sven Baertschi (CAL) left Switzerland at the age of 17 and made the biggest progress in their development in North America.

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2012 World Championship: Viktor Stalberg, Sweden

by Chapin Landvogt
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Photo: Chicago Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg is representing his country at the 2012 World Championship following an early NHL playoff exit (courtesy of

Chris Pondy/Icon SMI)

Chicago Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg just completed his second full season in the NHL and put up a career high 22 goals and 43 points in 79 games. For the first time since a U-20 performance in 2005, Stalberg was nominated to represent his native country in international play once the Blackhawks were knocked out of the playoffs. This was a nomination he didn’t hesitate to accept.

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2012 World Championship: Jakob Silfverberg, Sweden

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Photo: Ottawa Senators prospect Jakob Silfverberg (#33) saw his first NHL action in the 2012 NHL Playoffs vs. the New York Rangers (courtesy of

Will Schneekloth/Icon SMI)
 

With many wondering just how much longer Daniel Alfredsson will be lacing up his skates for the Ottawa Senators, it’s easy to understand that fans of the team are already clamoring for an heir apparent from Scandinavia’s biggest producer of NHL talent. One such candidate is Jakob Silfverberg, a player that Senators' GM Bryan Murray was ready to add to his NHL lineup last fall.

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2012 World Championship: Gabriel Landeskog, Sweden

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Photo: Colorado Avalanche rookie forward Gabriel Landeskog is taking part in his first Men's World Championship tournament (courtesy of

Dustin Bradford/Icon SMI)
 

Last summer’s second overall pick at the NHL Draft, Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche, jumped straight into the NHL as many thought he might. Landeskog has traveled far in one year's time, as he now stands as a finalist for the Calder Trophy given to the NHL's Rookie of the Year.

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