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2010-2011 Blues Prospects Thread

If you missed it, here is the 2009-2010 Blues Prospects Thread


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Sergei Andronov - RW - Drafted in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft - 78th overall
DOB : July 19, 1989 - 6' 0" - 183lbs - Shoots : Left - Born in Moscow, Russia
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Jay Barriball - LW - Acquired from SJS along with Ville Nieminen and NJD 1st round pick in 2007 (David Perron)
DOB : May 27, 1987 - 5' 9" - 155lbs - Shoots : Left - Born in Prior Lake, Minnesota
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Cody Beach - RW - Drafted in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft - 134th overall
DOB : August 8, 1992 - 6' 5" - 184lbs - Shoots : Right - Born in Nanaimo, British Columbia
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Adam Cracknell - RW - Signed as a free agent on July 23, 2009
DOB : July 15, 1985 - 6' 1" - 191lbs - Shoots : Right - Born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
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Stefan Della Rovere - LW - Acquired from Washington for D.J. King
DOB : February 25, 1990 - 5' 11" - 196lbs - Shoots : Left - Born in Richmond Hill, Ontario
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Nicholas Drazenovic - C - Drafted in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft - 171st overall
DOB : January 14, 1987 - 6' 1" - 200lbs - Shoots : Left - Born in Prince George, British Columbia
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Travis Erstad - C - Drafted in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft - 100th overall
DOB : November 9, 1988 - 6' 4" - 182lbs - Shoots : Right - Born in Madison, Wisconsin
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Max Gardiner - C - Drafted in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft - 74th overall
DOB : May 7, 1992 - 6' 3" - 182lbs - Shoots : Left - Born in Edina, Minnesota
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T.J. Hensick - C - Acquired from Colorado for Julian Talbot
DOB : December 10, 1985 - 5' 10" - 185lbs - Shoots : Right - Born in Lansing, Michigan
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Stephen MacAulay - LW - Drafted in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft - 164th overall
DOB : April 20, 1992 - 6' 1" - 175lbs - Shoots : Left - Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Philip McRae - C - Drafted in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft - 33rd overall
DOB : March 15, 1990 - 6' 2" - 189lbs - Shoots : Left - Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Anthony Nigro - C - Drafted in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft - 155th overall
DOB : January 11, 1990 - 6' 0" - 189lbs - Shoots : Left - Born in Vaughan, Ontario
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Trevor Nill - C - Drafted in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft - 190th overall
DOB : April 11, 1989 - 6' 3" - 195lbs - Shoots : Right - Born in Novi, Michigan
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Anthony Peluso - RW - Drafted in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft - 160th overall
DOB : April 18th, 1989 - 6' 3" - 222lbs - Shoots : Right - Born in North York, Ontario
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Chris Porter - LW - Signed as a free agent on August 21, 2007
DOB : May 29, 1984 - 6' 1" - 210lbs - Shoots : Left - Born in Toronto, Ontario
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Ryan Reaves - RW - Drafted in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft - 156th overall
DOB : January 20, 1987 - 6' 2" - 200lbs - Shoots : Right - Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
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Jaden Schwartz - C - Drafted in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft - 14th overall
DOB : June 25, 1992 - 5' 9" - 174lbs - Shoots : Left - Born in Melfort, Saskatchewan
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Tyler Shattock - RW - Drafted in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft - 108th overall
DOB : February 10, 1990 - 6' 3" - 200lbs - Shoots : Right - Born in Vernon, British Columbia
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Brett Sonne - C - Drafted in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft - 85th overall
DOB : May 16, 1989 - 6' 0" - 200lbs - Shoots : Left - Born in Chilliwack, British Columbia
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Vladimir Tarasenko - RW - Drafted in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft - 16th overall
DOB : December 13, 1991 - 6' 0" - 210lbs - Shoots : Left - Born in Yaroslavl, Russia
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Maxwell Tardy - C - Drafted in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft - 202nd overall
DOB : October 27, 1990 - 6' 0" - 181lbs - Shoots : Right - Born in Duluth, Minnesota
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Sebastian Wannstrom - RW - Drafted in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft - 44th overall
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Kristoffer Berglund - D - Drafted in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft - 125th overall
DOB : August 12, 1988 - 5' 10" - 180lbs - Shoots : Left - Born in Umea, Sweden
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Ian Cole - D - Drafted in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft - 18th overall
DOB : February 21, 1989 - 6' 1" - 215lbs - Shoots : Left - Born in Ann Arbour, Michigan
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Mark Cundari - D - Signed as a Free Agent on September 25th, 2008
DOB : April 23, 1990 - 5' 10" - 200lbs - Shoots : Left - Born in Toronto, Ontario
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Cade Fairchild - D - Drafted in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft - 96th overall
DOB : January 15, 1989 - 5' 10" - 186lbs - Shoots : Left - Born in Duluth, Minnesota
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Jani Hakanpaa - D - Drafted in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft - 104th overall
DOB : March 31, 1992 - 6' 4" - 212lbs - Shoots : Right - Born in Kirkkonummi, Finland
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Jonas Junland - D - Drafted in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft - 64th overall
DOB : November 15, 1987 - 6' 2" - 198lbs - Shoots : Left - Born in Linkoping, Sweden
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Nikita Nikitin - D - Drafted in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft - 136th overall
DOB : June 16, 1986 - 6' 3" - 178lbs - Shoots : Left - Born in Omsk, Russia
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Alex Pietrangelo - D - Drafted in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft - 4th overall
DOB : January 18, 1990 - 6' 3" - 206lbs - Shoots : Right - Born in King City, Ontario
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Brett Ponich - D - Drafted in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft - 48th overall
DOB : February 22, 1991 - 6' 6" - 204lbs - Shoots : Left - Born in Edmonton, Alberta
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David Shields - D - Drafted in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft - 168th overall
DOB : January 27th, 1991 - 6' 3" - 216lbs - Shoots : Right - Born in Buffalo, New York
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Tyson Strachan - D - Signed as a Free Agent on October 9th, 2008
DOB : October 30, 1984 - 6' 3" - 205lbs - Shoots : Right - Born in Melfort, Saskatchewan
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GOALTENDING

Jake Allen - G - Drafted in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft - 34th overall
DOB : August 7, 1990 - 6' 2" - 175lbs - Catches : Left - Born in Fredricton, New Brunswick
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Ben Bishop - G - Drafted in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft - 85th overall
DOB : November 21, 1986 - 6' 7" - 205lbs - Catches : Left - Born in St. Louis, Missouri
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Paul Karpowich - G - Drafted in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft - 185th overall
DOB : October 25, 1988 - 6' 0" - 160lbs - Catches : Left - Born in Thunder Bay, Ontario
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Great job Randall! Kind of a one-stop shop.

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Good stuff, I have been waiting for this thread. My brother is moving to Denver in December so he will providing me with video and scouting reports on Jaden Schwartz, very good news in my opinion because it is hard to get a gauge on NCAA prospects not on top level teams like North Dakota and Minnesota.

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Good stuff, I have been waiting for this thread. My brother is moving to Denver in December so he will providing me with video and scouting reports on Jaden Schwartz, very good news in my opinion because it is hard to get a gauge on NCAA prospects not on top level teams like North Dakota and Minnesota.
That pretty exciting news. Would you be willing to post those videos on here?

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Good stuff, I have been waiting for this thread. My brother is moving to Denver in December so he will providing me with video and scouting reports on Jaden Schwartz, very good news in my opinion because it is hard to get a gauge on NCAA prospects not on top level teams like North Dakota and Minnesota.
Your brother will be driving the 75 miles from Denver to Colorado Springs often, then?

The Springs (Colorado College) is where Schwarz is going to college, y'know...

And both Denver and CC are "top level" teams in the WCHA, every bit as much as North Dakota or Minnesota. Now, your Northern Michigans and St. Cloud States are a different story...

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Some typo-ridden notes on Schwartz from Strick:

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I can’t tell you how impressed I was after sitting down and chatting with Blues first rounder Jaden Schwartz. He’s an awesome kid. He can play as well who does a nice of using multiple gears when he plays.

Schwartz stayed with former Blues first rounder Alex Pietrangelo twhile he was in town.

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I thought it was great to hear Erik Johnson presented Jaden Schwarts with a #17 Blues jersey for him to give to his sister Mandi who is battling Leukemia. Every Blues player who is in town signed the jersey. Mandi wears #17 at Yale University. Total class move by both the Blues as well as Johnson.
http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=29943

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That pretty exciting news. Would you be willing to post those videos on here?
Ya, I will post them.

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Sorry for the wait on getting this finished. I'm working on it today to finish it. Anything through out the season will be added, so this first page could get pretty long. Just PM me if you find anything interesting that you think should be tossed in there.

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First post is done for now.
I have a lot of time off work this week so I might add their Elite Prospects pages to it as well.
Any interviews, or stories about them I might find will also be added to the first post as well.

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Is Vladimir Tarasenko's height correct? I remember reading he was 6' or 6'1" now.

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Is Vladimir Tarasenko's height correct? I remember reading he was 6' or 6'1" now.
I went of the average of the three above sites. If you can find me reading of his height, I can update.

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I went of the average of the three above sites. If you can find me reading of his height, I can update.
I was just wondering if anyone else had seen that too or if I was just imagining.

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I was just wondering if anyone else had seen that too or if I was just imagining.
Tarasenko was officially measured in at the NHL Combine at 6'0", 210 lbs. There's no point in averaging those stats with outdated stats - use the latest stats, especially when they're measured by a 3rd party source like NHL Combine doctors and not simply numbers thrown out there by either the player or team. Schwartz isn't 193 lbs either. He weighed in at 174 lbs and a quarter inch under 5'10". I'll attach the 2010 Combine results.
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Tarasenko was officially measured in at the NHL Combine at 6'0", 210 lbs. There's no point in averaging those stats with outdated stats - use the latest stats, especially when they're measured by a 3rd party source like NHL Combine doctors and not simply numbers thrown out there by either the player or team. Schwartz isn't 193 lbs either. He weighed in at 174 lbs and a quarter inch under 5'10". I'll attach the 2010 Combine results.

Thanks Mark.

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So there is discussion about Terasenko and the 4 Nations U20 tourney. But did anyone notice this line on the scoring leader board...
#10 Hakanpää, Jani FIN RD 3 1 1 2

Same amount of points as Granlund.

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Hey guys, our Blues correspondent just finished his top prospects series, check them out its a pretty interesting read.

Top 3 Blues Prospect Goalies - http://nhlhotstove.com/top-3-blues-prospect-goalies/
Top 5 St. Louis Blues Prospect Defensemen - http://nhlhotstove.com/top-5-st-loui...ct-defensemen/
Top 5 St. Louis Blues Forward Prospects - http://nhlhotstove.com/top-5-st-loui...ard-prospects/

Thanks for reading, enjoy your Labor Day!

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Hey guys, our Blues correspondent just finished his top prospects series, check them out its a pretty interesting read.

Top 3 Blues Prospect Goalies - http://nhlhotstove.com/top-3-blues-prospect-goalies/
Top 5 St. Louis Blues Prospect Defensemen - http://nhlhotstove.com/top-5-st-loui...ct-defensemen/
Top 5 St. Louis Blues Forward Prospects - http://nhlhotstove.com/top-5-st-loui...ard-prospects/

Thanks for reading, enjoy your Labor Day!
Awesome! Can wait to read them.

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Just got back from today's morning practice and was very impressed with a few kids: Cole, MacAuley, Della Rovere, Shattock & Cundari. All of these guys looked good in drills, though one guy in particular looked like a man against boys...Pietrangelo.

In one on one drills, whoever the forward was that was going against Petro had no chance whatsoever at scoring. His passes were crisp, his shot was heavy and his defense was suffocating. No way he doesn't earn a spot on the roster.

Another prospect stood out in the opposite manner...Ponich. Based on the drills I saw, this kid was over-matched and frustrated. There were drills where the defenseman skates backwards with an attacking forward and tries to shut him down. While, Petro was impossible to get around, Ponich couldn't keep up with the forward...any of them. He wasn't a step behind...he was three or four steps behind...and every drill he was involved in basically became a one-on-one with between the forward and goalie, while Ponich chased from well behind the play. He's got no business being in the top-15 prospects from what I saw. Maybe in 2 or 3 years...but definitely not now.

There were definitely some big boys on the ice today: Petro, Shattock, Ponich, Peluso, McRae, Shields, Beach, Porowski...all looked huge. Even MacAuley looked much bigger than the 6'0" he was listed at. There's definitely size coming through the ranks...

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Just got back from today's morning practice and was very impressed with a few kids: Cole, MacAuley, Della Rovere, Shattock & Cundari. All of these guys looked good in drills, though one guy in particular looked like a man against boys...Pietrangelo.

In one on one drills, whoever the forward was that was going against Petro had no chance whatsoever at scoring. His passes were crisp, his shot was heavy and his defense was suffocating. No way he doesn't earn a spot on the roster.

Another prospect stood out in the opposite manner...Ponich. Based on the drills I saw, this kid was over-matched and frustrated. There were drills where the defenseman skates backwards with an attacking forward and tries to shut him down. While, Petro was impossible to get around, Ponich couldn't keep up with the forward...any of them. He wasn't a step behind...he was three or four steps behind...and every drill he was involved in basically became a one-on-one with between the forward and goalie, while Ponich chased from well behind the play. He's got no business being in the top-15 prospects from what I saw. Maybe in 2 or 3 years...but definitely not now.

There were definitely some big boys on the ice today: Petro, Shattock, Ponich, Peluso, McRae, Shields, Beach, Porowski...all looked huge. Even MacAuley looked much bigger than the 6'0" he was listed at. There's definitely size coming through the ranks...
Thanks for write up, but on Ponich that is expected. Blues wanted him to bulk up this summer and develop mean streak, he is getting use to his size still. Hal Gill, Zdeno Chara, and ANDY SUTTON were awful at that age. Sutton could barely make a play when he got to the pros and fell as much as he stood, look at them now, good defensemen. Ponich is a project. From what I saw the other day, Cundari is a step ahead of Cole. Sorry Cole but draft status goes out the door at this point.

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Thanks for write up, but on Ponich that is expected. Blues wanted him to bulk up this summer and develop mean streak, he is getting use to his size still. Hal Gill, Zdeno Chara, and ANDY SUTTON were awful at that age. Sutton could barely make a play when he got to the pros and fell as much as he stood, look at them now, good defensemen. Ponich is a project. From what I saw the other day, Cundari is a step ahead of Cole. Sorry Cole but draft status goes out the door at this point.
I dunno. Cundari looked good...but definitely small. Cole seemed like the better skater and is stronger and bigger. Cundari might have better offensive awareness to go with good defensive positioning...but Cole's shot appeared heavier and more accurate...while his defensive positioning was a definite strength. I don't think I'd go so far as to say Cundari is a step ahead of Cole. If one had to get called up on an emergency basis, I have no doubt Cole would get the nod ahead of Cundari.

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Pietrangelo laid a nice stand up hit on Beach in a drill this morning and got some applause... Beach and Pietrangelo look like twins..

Ponnich is going to be a beast, just have to get smoother on the skates.

Jake Allen looked sharp, love the new RBK pads he was sporting this morning

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Yay or Nay for a seperate thread for Traverse City Tourney?

I can start a seperate thread and link some stuff in there after work this evening(If no one else beats me to it) if we want to go that route.

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I'd say yay

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I agree. Traverse City should have it's own thread here, and will have one at "Game Time," too.

I was at the practice as well, and noticed that Ponich wasn't looking good. I was told that he's battling a flu bug, so that might be a partial explanation for his less-than-stellar play today.

Cole, Pietrangelo and Cundari -- in that order -- were the three best defensemen on the ice today. Those three were the only ones who were consistently able to keep up with the forwards on the one-on-one drill, and all three used their physicality and defensive positioning to good advantage in that drill.

David Shields didn't look bad, but still needs a little work. He was described as "raw" when he was drafted, and he's still a little of that. He should be ready for Peoria in 2011-12, though.

Peter DiSalvo is auditioning for a contract; personally, I think that's a great idea, given that there's no one in the system behind Allen and Bishop that is pro-ready now. Stash DiSalvo in Alaska, and when Bishop (or Allen) gets the inevitable mid-season callup to St. Louis, there's someone in the system now ready to step in as the number two in Peoria.

Shattock and Macaulay looked very good out there, and Cody Beach seems to be developing into more than just a big body. I don't think he'll ever ben confused with Mike Bossy in terms of offensive power, but based on what I saw of him today, a breakout season for Beach in 2010-11 isn't out of the question.

McRae was a cut above the rest of the forwards offensively, but the guy who impressed me the mnost today on that side of the puck was Anthony Nigro. I can see him quietly becoming a key offensive weapon for the Rivermen in his rookie year.

Speaking of the Rivermen... Bishop, Drazenovic and Reaves were all practicing with the veterans before the Traverse City practice today.

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Out of the "vets" I would say I was most impressed with Drazenovic and Nikitin. Both guys were very impressive. Drazenovic looks a bit bigger than he did last year and Nikitin was very sound on the defensive side of the game.

For the kids, Pietrangelo, McRae, Allen, Cole, and Beach stood out to me the most.

Beach has a sick between the legs goal past Allen in the break away part of practice, very slick. Pietrangelo, McRae and Cole looked like men out there. Between watching Bish and Allen today, I would say Bishop is definitely going to be the starter going into the season, but that could change anytime in the season. Allen looked good.

P_B. You were the one who asked DiSalvo if he was trying out for a contract when they were leaving, weren't you?

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