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11-16-2012, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by CarvinSigX View Post
Vladi was taken in 2010, being known as one of the most NHL ready Russians in awhile. He has reached an elite prospect title in the past 2 years. Ottawa or St. Louis offered the 16th pick for David Rundblad after, according to some rumors, the Blues selected Jaden Schwartz and Ottawa didn't have their guy.
The trade between STL and OTT was set up quite a but ahead of time but was contingent upon the player OTT wanted not being there. If he was, then the deal was off. There were rumors that the player OTT was hoping to get was Schwartz but that's just a guess by some fans. OTT's own GM, Murray, said it was Skinner but many don't believe him as it was nearly impossible Skinner would've lasted to 16th overall that draft. Personally, I don't care. OTT made it clear they weren't willing to deal with the Russian factor so if the Blues hadn't have been willing to trade Runblad for that pick, there's no way OTT would've drafted Tarasenko.

Bottom line, I really like how it turned out for the Blues. They've got an absolute stud in Tarasenko IMO and Schwartzy isn't half bad either.

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