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The St. Louis Blues made eight picks in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and not one of them was a defenseman.

The Blues loaded up on forwards, as they used seven of eight draft picks at that position. "There was some times in the draft when we wanted to walk out with some forwards, forwards that could skate, or that had a certain intangible about them," Blues director of amateur scouting Bill Armstrong said. "I think we tried to squeeze the most out of the draft. Every draft is different, this one was a little thin in some areas. But we just tried to work it." They also chose a goalie.
Jun 26 - 9:20 AM

The price to acquire Kevin Shattenkirk is very high, according to Bruins GM Don Sweeney.

"The acquisition cost was extremely high, and rightfully so because they are difficult players to have and develop, and when you have them, you might as well maximize the asset in return," Sweeney said Friday night after the first round of the draft. The Oilers have been unwilling to meet the asking price as well. Blues GM Doug Armstrong won't give Shattenkirk away, so it wouldn't be surprising if the offensive defender is with St. Louis at the start of 2016-17.
Jun 25 - 5:15 PM

Conner Bleackley has been selected in the fifth round of the 2016 NHL Draft by the St. Louis Blues.

He was a first-round pick of Colorado (No. 23 overall) in the 2014 class, but he went back into the draft after the Coyotes chose not to sign him. Bleackley was acquired by Arizona in the trade that sent Mikkel Boedker to the Avalanche. He had 13 goals and 46 points in 55 games for the WHL's Red Deer Rebels in 2015-16.
Jun 25 - 3:48 PM

Evan Fitzpatrick went to the St. Louis Blues with the 59th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Already with a man's frame, Evan Fitzpatrick has been favorably compared to Roberto Luongo and given full marks for his impressive lateral skills. But he's posted a sub-.900 save percentage over 86 games for Sherbrooke of the notably weaker QMJHL. The 18-year-old is seen as someone who has the physical skills but needs to work on consistency and the mental skills to make the leap. He'll certainly need seasoning in the AHL as well. At 6'3" and 210 lbs already, Fitzpatrick has the baseline skillsets to succeed and will simply need time and experience to put it all together.
Jun 25 - 2:06 PM

Jordan Kyrou has been selected with the 35th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft by the St. Louis Blues.

Jordan Kyrou boasts one of the more well-defined skill sets for players unlikely to be selected in the first round. He plays an intelligent and effective two-way game, creating frequent turnovers and possessing a natural burst and speed when heading up the ice. A natural playmaker, Kyrou posted 17 goals and 51 points in 65 games for Sarnia (OHL), which includes 18 points in his final 18 games. He’d go on to add seven more in seven playoff games as well. The slim 6'0", 180 lbs forward is expected to continue to refine his game, and as poised as anyone to get to the next level in due time.
Jun 25 - 11:53 AM

The St. Louis Blues have taken Tage Thompson with the 26th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

St. Louis got this pick from Washington by conceding the 28th and 87th selections. While scoring 14 goals and 32 points as a freshman in the NCAA is mighty impressive, Thompson scored 13 of those goals on the power play. Which is a bit lop-sided, considering he was also a minus-14 at even strength. Thompson’s ability to fill the net on the man advantage is well documented, but as a slightly older player with a year of collegiate experience under his belt, he’s been rather disappointing. His defensive game and think-speed needs to improve dramatically to take the next step. Until then, his elite face-off winning skills, shooting ability, and physical acumen at a wiry 6’5" and 185 lbs without taking a penalty will have to carry him.
Jun 24 - 10:27 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko is the new EA Sports cover boy for NHL '17.

The flashy winger with soft hands takes the torch from rival Jonathan Toews. "It's an incredible honor to represent my teammates and all the Blues fans around the world on the cover this year," Tarasenko said. "As a player, it's a big deal to be fan selected for something like the cover vote, and I'm excited to be involved in the game this year."
Source: NHL.com
Jun 23 - 8:28 PM

Scottie Upshall has inked a one-year, $900K contract with the St. Louis Blues.

That's up from the $700K Upshall previously earned. This deal is also a one-way contract in contrast to the two-way one he agreed to last season. Upshall had six goals and 14 points in 70 contests in 2015-16.
Jun 22 - 12:25 PM

Kevin Shattenkirk is reportedly attracting plenty of interest in the trade market.

Boston and Edmonton have expressed interest in the Blues offensive defender, according to sources. The same source said that Philadelphia is expected to be looking at Shattenkirk as well. He is eligible for unrestricted free agency after the 2015-16 season and St. Louis is comfortable with entering the year with him on the roster if a trade doesn't materialize.
Jun 21 - 2:38 PM

It looks like David Backes will probably end up testing the UFA market.

Blues GM Doug Armstrong is still interested in re-signing Backes, but he thinks the players that are eligible to become unrestricted free agents probably won't be re-signed before July 1. With regards to Backes specifically he said, "It's got to work for David and it's got to work for us. We haven't been able to find that common ground right now." Armstrong suggested that he is willing to include "thank you" money in the contract, presumably to reflect Backes' past service, but only to a point. Losing Backes would be a tough pill to swallow, but he's 32 so any reasonably long-term contract for him at this point runs a higher risk of being detrimental towards the end of that deal.
Jun 18 - 6:29 PM

Dmitrij Jaskin's two-year contract will pay him $1 million annually.

That's up from $775K in 2015-16. Jaskin scored four goals and 13 points in 65 games last season. He would have become a restricted free agent if the Blues didn't re-sign him before July.
Jun 16 - 6:11 PM

Dmitrij Jaskin has inked a two-year contract extension with the St. Louis Blues.

The financial terms weren't immediately available, but Jaskin earned $775K in 2015-16. He was eligible to become a restricted free agent. He had four goals and 13 points in 65 contests in 2015-16.
Jun 16 - 3:52 PM

Mike Yeo is looking forward to working with Ken Hitchcock in 2016-17.

"The two-hour conversation I had with (Hitchcock), I felt that I already learned a couple of things that I'll be able to take forward," Yeo said. "I've had a ton of respect, he's one of the greatest coaches in the history of the game in my eyes." Yeo will help and continue to learn from Hitchcock over the course of the year and then he will become the head coach in 2017-18.
Jun 15 - 2:37 PM

Mike Yeo will join the Blues as an associate coach in 2016-17 and he will take over for Ken Hitchcock as head coach in 2017-18.

"We’re excited to have Mike Yeo join us an an associate coach for next season and to become the next head coach for the St. Louis Blues for three years after that," GM Doug Armstrong said. "For being 42 years old, he's got a lot of experience. He's won a Stanley Cup in Pittsburgh, he's taken an American League team to the finals and you saw the good job he did in Minnesota in taking that team to the second round. What excites me is his experience, but with his age, he can really relate to today's players and it's an exciting day for our team." Yeo guided the Minnesota Wild to a 173-132-44 record before he was fired last year.
Jun 13 - 12:07 PM

Jake Allen and Brian Elliott are both expected to tend to the Blues' crease in 2016-17.

They ended up sharing playing time last year with Allen starting 44 games and Elliott getting 38 starts. Both netminders played well, but Elliott had a slight edge by the end of the season. "I like our goaltending," GM Doug Armstrong said. "I think Jake is still pushing towards being an upper-echelon goalie. He lost the net this year, Brian took it, Brian didn't give it up. Kudos to Brian for that. I know what's happening now Jake is preparing to wrestle it back in September, and we're going to see how it goes down. But I would have zero issue if both of these guys came back and were asked to compete and fight."
Jun 9 - 3:16 PM


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