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12-04-2012, 01:25 PM
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Seeing Jaskin's development this season underscores why that 2011 draft was the perfect draft to lose a first and have three early seconds. From roughly 20-50, each of those guys could've gone in the first round, as they were roughly on the same plateau. It was up to scouts to distinguish where the real value was and the Blues snagged Rattie and Jaskin who have each emerged in juniors to look like shoulda-been first rounders.

Let's look at the guys taken after Baertschi:

14. Jamie Oleksiak (DAL)
15. J.T. Miller (NYR)
16. Joel Armia (BUF)
17. Nathan Beaulieu (MTL)
18. Mark McNeill (CHI)
19. Oscar Klefbom (EDM)
20. Connor Murphy (PHX)
21. Stefan Noesen (OTT)
22. Tyler Biggs (TOR)
23. Joe Morrow (PIT)
24. Matt Puempel (OTT)
25. Stu Percy (TOR)
26. Philip Danault (CHI)
27. Vladislav Namestnikov (TB)
28. Zach Phillips (MIN)
29. Nicklas Jensen (VAN)
30. Rickard Rakell (ANA)
31. David Musil (EDM)
32. Ty Rattie (STL)
33. Rocco Grimaldi (FLA)
34. Scott Mayfield (NYI)
35. Tomas Jurco (DET)
36. Adam Clenending (CHI)
37. Boone Jenner (CBJ)
38. Magnus Hellberg (NSH)
39. John Gibson (ANA)
40. Alexander Khokhlachev (BOS)
41. Dmitrij Jaskin (STL)
42. Victor Rask (CAR)
43. Brandon Saad (CHI)
44. Brett Ritchie (DAL)
45. Marcus Granlund (CGY)
46. Joel Edmundson (STL)
47. Matthew Nieto (SJ)
48. Xavier Ouellet (DET)
49. Christopher Gibson (LAK)
50. Johan Sundstrom (NYI)

That group looks pretty strong thus far in its collective development. Blues certainly did as well as anyone.

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