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2 Minute Minor 05-03-2010 03:45 PM

HF Blues Prospects Review 2009-2010
 
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Eleven players in the St. Louis Blues organization played junior hockey this season with one, forward Max Tardy, playing in the USHL.

Of the 10 prospects in the CHL, four are still hoping to participate in the Memorial Cup championship. Defensemen Alex Pietrangelo (Barrie Colts) and Mark Cundari (Windsor Spitfires) are going head-to-head in the OHL Finals while forwards Ian Schultz and Tyler Shattock are playing for the Calgary Hitmen in the WHL Finals against the Tri-City Americans.
http://www.hockeysfuture.com/article...200910_review/

Celtic Note 05-03-2010 09:24 PM

Is it just me or is it surprising that the Blues prospects don't seem near as good as they once were and yet we are still ranked in the top three?

SteenMachine 05-04-2010 01:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Zundo (Post 25615049)
Is it just me or is it surprising that the Blues prospects don't seem near as good as they once were and yet we are still ranked in the top three?

I guess it's just having a good depth of play styles and talent levels in every position. Not enough blue chips or break out guys to keep us on top though.

STL fan in IA 05-04-2010 12:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Zundo (Post 25615049)
Is it just me or is it surprising that the Blues prospects don't seem near as good as they once were and yet we are still ranked in the top three?

This article only pertained to prospects in Jrs so it didn't include guys already in the minors (Eller, Junland, Sonne, etc.) guys that played last year in college (Cole) or guys in Europe (Rundblad, K. Berglund, Hjalmarsson, Lehtera, etc.) You're right though is that the Blues don't have as many top end prospects as they used to but that's to be expected as the top guys graduate from prospect status and become NHLers. The Blues aren't going to be able to keep the quantity of that much quality for that long...not unless they keep getting 2 or 3 1st rd picks each year like they did in 2006 & 2007. In recent years the Blues have developed Backes, EJ, Polak, Perron, Oshie & Berglund from prospects to players.

Celtic Note 05-04-2010 01:13 PM

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Originally Posted by STL fan in IA (Post 25623490)
This article only pertained to prospects in Jrs so it didn't include guys already in the minors (Eller, Junland, Sonne, etc.) guys that played last year in college (Cole) or guys in Europe (Rundblad, K. Berglund, Hjalmarsson, Lehtera, etc.) You're right though is that the Blues don't have as many top end prospects as they used to but that's to be expected as the top guys graduate from prospect status and become NHLers. The Blues aren't going to be able to keep the quantity of that much quality for that long...not unless they keep getting 2 or 3 1st rd picks each year like they did in 2006 & 2007. In recent years the Blues have developed Backes, EJ, Polak, Perron, Oshie & Berglund from prospects to players.

I understand all of this. It just hit me how good our system has become since the 90's and even early 00's.


With such a good system, I wonder if we have prospects that could make the NHL if they were in other systems?

stlweir 05-05-2010 08:10 AM

For the first time in the history of the franchise the Blues have not only kept their 1rst round picks but have drafted well. Let's hope they can find a future goal scorer or two in next months draft.


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