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St. Louis Blues Top Prospect #10

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Brett Ponich, D 1 2.38%
Sam Kurker, RW 6 14.29%
Joel Edmundson, D 4 9.52%
MacKenzie MacEachern, LW 0 0%
Sebastian Wannstrom, RW 13 30.95%
Dmitrij Jaskin, RW 2 4.76%
Jori Lehtera, C 5 11.90%
Yannick Veilleux, LW 2 4.76%
Evgeny Grachev, C/LW 9 21.43%
Sergei Andronov, RW 0 0%
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08-20-2012, 09:17 AM
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St. Louis Blues Top Prospect #10

Center Philip McRae takes the 9 spot with 57.89% of the vote

Top Prospects
#1 Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, 6'0, 191, 12/13/1991 (92.16%)
#2 Jaden Schwartz, LW, 5'9, 179, 6/25/1992 (92.5%)
#3 Ty Rattie, RW, 6'0, 167, 2/5/1993 (57.38%)
#4 Ian Cole, D, 6'1, 225, 2/21/1989 (75.61%)
#5 Jake Allen, G, 6'2, 195, 8/7/1990 (73.33%)
#6 Jordan Schmaltz, D, 6'2, 170, 10/8/1993 (38.1%)
#7 Jani Hakanpaa, D, 6'5, 218, 3/31/1992 (64.71%)
#8 Cade Fairchild, D, 5'11, 175, 1/15/1989 (61.7%)
#9 Philip McRae, C, 6'2, 200, 3/15/1990 (57.89%)

Please vote and comment on who you'd like to be added

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08-20-2012, 09:21 AM
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I'm planning on adding Beach next, for those wondering, unless popular sentiment dictates otherwise.

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Went with kurker again.... I see a great potential to be a strong top 6 power forward in the NHL.... Already has impressive size at 6'2 200... I know Jaskin has great upside but he is risky and you never know about KHL players. I see Kurker having the highest realistic potential of the remaining group.

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Went with kurker again.... I see a great potential to be a strong top 6 power forward in the NHL.... Already has impressive size at 6'2 200... I know Jaskin has great upside but he is risky and you never know about KHL players. I see Kurker having the highest realistic potential of the remaining group.
Jaskin played in the Czech league and I believe is coming over to the CHL this year.

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08-20-2012, 10:54 AM
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At this point it is real a crap shoot for me. The forwards picked in the draft were both playing high school hockey, the lowest level of competiton. Voted for Edmundson. Like his size and toughness. Hope he improves his skating.

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Pretty easy vote for Wannstrom for me here. I think he projects well to be a solid 3rd line NHLer in time. He plays a good two-way game, does the little things right and has decent offensive skills. Others have slightly higher top-end potential but Wannstrom's a much safer bet at this point. Like Sobotka, he's a versitile player who can be effective in both a scoring or checking role but is probably used best in a checking role. I'll be interested to see how his game develops this season in the AHL.

Kurker probably has a bit higher top-end potential but it's so hard to project HS players do I'm going to wait to see how he adjusts to the college game before really forming much of an opinion on him. He's an unknown at this point and his place in these rankings is very fluid based on how he adjusts to te NCAA.

I think Grachev's getting a bit forgotten about too. He still has decent potential to be a bottom-6 NHLer.

I'd be fine with either Beach or Tesink being added next.

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Jaskin played in the Czech league and I believe is coming over to the CHL this year.
Yes, he played the last 2 seasons for Slava Praha in the Czech Extraleague - their top pro league (and in their Jr system before that).

He'll be playing this season with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL alongside fellow 2011 Blues draftee, Yannick Veilleux.

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Went with Wannstrom as well... I would really like to see what Kurker does in his first year of College before I would consider him over Wannstrom or Jaskins. Both played at a much higher level of hockey and both are now in the AHL and Juniors respectively. All 3 are second round picks. Edmundson and Ponich have to be close here as well. Pretty interchangeable prospect wise for then next 5 picks.

I think Beach should be added, but probably won't be considered until 16-20.

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Wannstrom for me. I love the potential in Kurker, but that's all it is right now. We haven't really seen him play legitimate competition.

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I personally like MacEachern, he seems to have some Kesler like things about him and seems to have a much more offensive game than Kurker, but as everyone points out, he's been playing at the high school level, so I guess I'll have to wait to see if he can play a nice college game as well.

could you add Seaman, Tesink, and Eronen

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Wow Grachev seems to have really fallen on one season. He went from fighting to earn a spot in the regular line-up and being the highlight of preseason games, to an also-ran prospect.

I still think he's closer to being a contributor in the NHL than most of the guys we're voting for now. And more likely to get there.

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I'm kinda partial to Veilleux. Threw a vote his way.

Edmondson intrigues me as well.

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Voted Grachev. He's big has great hands solid defensively. Smooth but slow skater that can improve. I really want him to become our Holmstrom. I think he'd be amazing in front of the net.

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I have to go with Wännström here. He's already got a reasonably well-rounded game, and a decent offensive upside, He beats out Kurker, who is a long way away, and Edmundson, who also has a lot of development to do.

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Voted Wannstrom for his impressive two-way game and his ability to fit on any line. It was a tough decision between him, Grachev, and Ponich, though.

I'd like to see Tesink added to the list; I think he's going to break out in a big way.


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I am not impressed by Wannstrom. He had a good WJC, but has shown little else. I think he is a step below the NHL when it is all said and done...especially in a system like the Blues have from Club to prospects.

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I'm kinda partial to Veilleux. Threw a vote his way.

Edmondson intrigues me as well.
I like Veilleux a lot too. He will come up to me soon.

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I'm interested to know what has voters so high on Wannstrom? What did he accomplish last season?

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Voted Grachev, would be Lehtera if I thought there was a better chance of him coming to the NHL. Maybe next season (I think?) when he no longer has to sign an ELC. He'd make a decent third line center. If nothing else, hopefully we can find a trading partner that would be willing to make room and give him a shot for a late pick. I'd hate to see that asset go to waste.

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I'm interested to know what has voters so high on Wannstrom? What did he accomplish last season?
If you just look at his stats alone, then you probably aren't going to be too impressed. The team that he was on featured 2 other veteran (late 20s) right wingers and Johan Larsson (Wild 2nd round pick) who all spent some time on the PP unit as Wannstrom was 4th among RWs on his team in scoring. He was getting 3rd or 4th line minutes at best in a checking role. A stat that stands out is that 4 of his 8 goals were game winning goals. He didn't disappear in the playoffs either. If he comes over here already knowing which end of the ice is his, then we may have a player Hitchcock will actually play. He has size, speed, and skill. The biggest bonus is that he is coming across the pond.

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Thanks PT. I've never seen him play. Haven't even seen a You Tube clip on him.

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Went with the guy who played in the NHL last season. Lehtera is probably the best player left, Wannstrom is coming over at the right time.

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I am not impressed by Wannstrom. He had a good WJC, but has shown little else. I think he is a step below the NHL when it is all said and done...especially in a system like the Blues have from Club to prospects.
Have you seen Wannstrom play in the SEL or are you just going off of stats? I've only seen him play a handful of times lately but I think his fairly low pt totals are a product more due to the role he's been put in than his skills. Brynas is a very deep team (they won the SEL championship this past season) and with his good two-way skills, it made sense for Brynas to use him as a checker, especially with their depth. The kid's not a blue chip, can't miss prospect but he certainly has more skill than his pts indicate IMO.

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The more the poll goes on the more Jaskin gets bumped.

I think Ryan Tesink or Shields should be added pretty soon.

I thought maybe Grachev next, but I am rethinking my rationale.


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Jaskin played in the Czech league and I believe is coming over to the CHL this year.
http://blues.nhl.com/club/news.htm?i...id=DL|STL|home

hmmm just looked it up you are right but on the blues site they say he played in the KHL last year if you look to the profile on him from this link.

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