The best prospects “St. Louis Blues”
This year, the “St. Louis Blues” focused mainly on the selection of the central strikers, feeling the need to replenish a group of young players of this position. This group was led by Thaye Thompson, selected under the overall 26th NHL draft pick.
But most club prospects, close to the transition to the NHL – defenders, and their arrival would help strengthen the defense team.
So, the 5 best prospects “Blues” according to the version of NHL.com:
Ty Rattie, right-handed striker
When it was purchased: selected under the total 32nd number in the NHL Draft of 2011.
Last season: spent 13 games for St. Louis (4 goals, 2 assists, 6 points) and 62 games for the Chicago Wolves in the AHL (17 goals, 29 assists, 46 points).
In the past couple of years, 23-year-old Ratty has been touted as one of the leading prospects of St. Louis, but so far he could not gain a foothold in the NHL. He will have another great chance to start the next season in the Blues with other young people, and there will be all the opportunities for pre-season training to compete for a place in the top-9 forwards of the team.
Last season, Rattie was the third scorer of “Wolves”. In total, he scored 136 points (69 goals, 67 assists) for three seasons in the AHL. Prior to that, he played for Portland of the Western Hockey League, where he recorded 348 points (151 goals, 197 assists) in 269 games in his four-and-a-half season.
Petteri Lindbohm, the defender
When it was purchased: selected under the total 176th number in the NHL Draft of 2012.
Last season: spent 10 games for St. Louis (not scored points) and 43 games for the Chicago Wolves in the AHL (3 goals, 8 assists, 11 points).
Lindbohm, who will turn 23 on September 23, entered the hockey scene in 2014. Then the “Blues” were injured at once by several defense players, and he superbly replaced them for a while. He made a good impression on the leadership and coaching staff of the team, but last season could not get into the main line because of the depth of the protective order of the “St. Louis”. Most likely, he will be one of the main candidates for promotion.
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Jordan Schmaltz, defender
When it was purchased: selected under the general 25th number in the NHL Draft of 2012.
Last season: spent 71 games for the “Chicago Wolves” in the AHL (6 goals, 30 assists, 36 points).
22-year-old Shmalts belongs to a group of defenders, which until it was difficult to get into the “Blues”. He left a favorable impression in his first season in the AHL and will get his chance in the training camp of the main team.
Most likely, Schmaltz will hold another season for “Wolves”. But, like Lindbohm, he will be among the players summoned to the main team in connection with the possible injuries of other defenders.
Ville Husso, goalkeeper
When it was purchased: selected under the total 94th number in the NHL Draft of 2014.
Last season: spent 39 games for “HIFK” from Helsinki (Finnish League). His statistics: 25 wins, 8 losses, 6 wins in extra time, 1.91 goals conceded for the game, 92.7 percent of reflected shots.
21-year-old Husso will move to North America and can immediately compete for a place in the “Chicago Wolves”, but also may yet stay in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). The large dimensions of Husso correspond to modern NHL goalkeeping standards, and this is one of the reasons why St. Louis has high hopes for it.
Vince Dunn, the defender
When it was purchased: selected under the total 56th number in the NHL Draft of 2015.
Last season: spent 52 games for the club “Niagara” in the Hockey League Ontario (12 goals, 31 assists, 43 points).
The injury slowed the progress of 19-year-old Dunn last season, but the left-handed defender still managed to score good statistics (18 goals, 38 assists, 56 points) in 68 games last season.
Last year, Dunn confidently held his first training camp with the “Blues”, and he has a real chance to play in the AHL already this season.