Photo: Minnesota State-Mankato forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Teddy Blueger had his best NCAA season in 2014-15, posting 10 goals and 28 points in 37 games for the WCHA champions (courtesy of Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)
This season, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) features 12 NHL prospects representing five of the 10 member schools. Michigan Tech leads all conference teams with five prospects, followed by Minnesota State-Mankato with four. Read more»
Photo: St. Louis Blues rookie defenseman Colton Parayko eludes Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau in a game in which Parayko scored his first two NHL goals (courtesy of Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
St. Louis Blues rookie defenseman Colton Parayko put two shots on net in his team’s 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames, and both connected for goals including Parayko’s first NHL goal. Parayko’s second was also the game-winning goal, making it a night to remember for the Alberta native. Read more»
Photo: St. Louis Blues prospect Robby Fabbri was one of the OHL’s best players for most of last season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
While the top three prospects have shifted positions over the past few seasons, the St. Louis Blues have added tremendous depth to their pipeline over the past two years. Despite a somewhat quiet outing at the 2015 Draft the team is poised to reap the benefits of its pipeline soon. 2014 first-round pick Robby Fabbri is showing signs of being an NHL-ready player while 2014 second-rounder Ivan Barbashev also looks like a future Blue. Apart from those two, the amount of goaltending talent in the system is simply phenomenal – with a good talent like Luke Opilka not even making the cut – and that could one day stabilize a position that has been a weak point in otherwise excellent teams.
Photo: St. Louis Blues defensive prospect Colton Parayko joined the Chicago Wolves after completing his junior season at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, posting four goals and seven points in 17 AHL games (courtesy of the Chicago Wolves)
It’s hard to miss Colton Parayko. There aren’t many 6-foot-5 human beings in the world.
There are even less that can skate with smooth precision and have innate sense of positioning on the ice. Read more»
Photo: St. Louis Blues prospect Petteri Lindbohm put up the best scoring totals of his career with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves in 2014-15 (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)
After replenishing their prospect pool in the 2014 NHL Draft, the St. Louis Blues have plenty of young talent at multiple levels of hockey. Jordan Schmaltz continues to impress at the NCAA level while Mackenzie MacEachern continued his strong college career. Jake Walman, Austin Poganski and Dwyer Tschantz had productive freshmen seasons as well.