Welcome back to my top ten prospect series.
Last time, we went to central California to scope out the San Jose Sharks and see what kind of prospects they had in their system. They had a solid list highlighted by Ryan Merkley, Dylan Gambrell, and Rourke Chartier. Today, we’re going to head on over to Missouri and check out the St. Louis Blues’ farm system. Without further ado, let’s dive in.
1. Jordan Kyrou (C, 2nd Round, 35th Overall in 2016)
If you draft somebody in the second round that turns out to be your top prospect, you can say you’re good at drafting. Kyrou is looking like he’s without a doubt going to be a top six forward for the Blues in his prime. He’s over a point per game in the AHL this season with 22 points in 21 games and he’s appeared in 11 NHL games, putting up two points.
2. Klim Kostin (C, 1st Round, 31st Overall in 2017)
Kostin is an explosive centre with a massive stride to his game and has phenomenal puck-handling skills. He’s currently in his second season with the San Antonio Rampage and has 11 points in 28 games so far. As of now he’s representing Russia at the World Juniors and has three points in four games.
3. Dominik Bokk (RW, 1st Round, 25th Overall in 2018)
Germany is starting to produce some solid prospects and Bokk is one of the guys leading the pack. He’s currently in his second season with Vaxjo Lakers HC of the SHL and has 13 points in 26 games so far. Seeing that he’s an 18-year-old playing against grown men, these are pretty solid totals. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Bokk in North America as soon as next season.
4. Scott Perunovich (D, 2nd Round, 45th Overall in 2018)
Undersized d-men always seem to go under the radar at the draft, but the Blues are looking like they got a steal in Perunovich. The 20-year-old is currently in his second season with the University of Minnesota-Duluth and has put up 18 points in 18 games so far. He has skill to burn and could be a dark horse to make the Blues full-time within the next few years.
5. Samuel Blais (LW, 6th Round, 176th Overall in 2014)
Blais is in his third full pro season and hasn’t had any shortage of production at the AHL level, so his next step is securing a full-time NHL job. The 6’2 winger has played a combined 27 NHL games but has only mustered four points in total. He’s currently with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL and has put up nine points in 16 games.
6. Mitch Reinke (D, Undrafted, Signed in 2018)
The Blues liked what they saw from Reinke when they signed the undrafted d-man to an entry-level contract in 2018. He’s been playing for the San Antonio Rampage this season and has proven to be a good signing, putting up 18 points in 33 games. The 5’11 defenseman is a good passer from the back-end and could be a valuable defenseman for the Blues in the future.
7. Erik Foley (LW, 3rd Round, 78th Overall in 2015)
Foley plays a game that NHL coaches drool over. Primarily offense with an edge to his play. He had a very successful season with Providence College last season with 35 points in 38 games, and was supposed to play for the San Antonio Rampage this season but has unfortunately been sidelined with a concussion for the entirety of the season. He will make his debut for the Rampage when he recovers.
8. Ville Husso (G, 4th Round, 94th Overall in 2014)
Husso has been a highly touted goaltender in the Blues organization for quite some time now. He’s currently not having the best of seasons with the San Antonio Rampage, putting up a record of 5-13-0 with a save percentage of .885 and a GAA of 3.33, but he’s been very solid in each of his other seasons so he still has a secure spot on the list.
9. Evan Fitzpatrick (G, 2nd Round, 59th Overall in 2016)
Fitzpatrick has a bit of a strange track record this season. He spent the most time in the ECHL this year playing for the Tulsa Oilers, and didn’t look very good down there with a record of 7-4-0 with a save percentage of .880 and a GAA of 3.16. On that note, however, he appeared in two games with the San Antonio Rampage and looked much better against higher competition, and just yesterday received a call up to the NHL. It will be interesting to see how he does at the highest level of competition in hockey.
10. Jake Walman (D, 3rd Round, 82nd Overall in 2014)
Walman is a solid defenseman who had some great seasons with Providence College of the NCAA, however he hasn’t been able to find his offensive game in the pros. He’s played in 28 games with the San Antonio Rampage this season and has only mustered three points. Granted, he’s still young and still has time to figure out his game.
Thanks for reading! Tune in next time where we’ll head down to the sunshine state again and check out the Tampa bay Lightning’s farm system.
stats from eliteprospects.com
featured image photo credit – Nikos Michals