Player News - Blues

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Robert Thomas is a coach's dream, according to Blues director of amateur scouting Bill Armstrong.

The Blues used the 20th overall pick on Thomas, so you know they feel strongly about his upside. "He’s going to add to our skating," Bill Armstrong said. "He’s going to make us a better-skating, smarter hockey club. He’s just a coach’s dream, does everything well. He’s got a great competitive game that he plays in all areas." The 17-year-old has solid two-way ability, which should allow him to carve out a nice NHL career.
Jun 24 - 9:31 AM

The St. Louis Blues believe there's some similarities between Klim Kostin and former captain David Backes.

The Blues made Kostin the 31st overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. They clearly believe he has some intriguing upside. "He’s got some potential," Blues director of amateur scouting Bill Armstrong said. "He’s a big man that plays a power forward game. Almost similar to like a David Backes game. He’s got the ability to score and he plays a North American style of game. Obviously he’s a little ways away, but you guys will get a look at him at prospect camp. You’re going to see a big man with skill."
Jun 24 - 9:29 AM

Oskar Sundqvist has been shipped to the St. Louis Blues.

The Penguins acquired Ryan Reaves and the 51st overall pick in the draft from the Blues for Sundqvist and the 31st pick, which became Klim Kostin. Sundqvist skated in 10 games at the NHL level in 2016-17 and he didn't record a point. He had four points in 28 career appearances with Pittsburgh over the last two seasons.
Jun 23 - 10:13 PM

The St. Louis Blues have taken Klim Kostin with the 31st overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

St. Louis acquired this pick along with Oskar Sundqvist from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Ryan Reaves and the 51st overall selection. Kostin was seen as one of the riskier prospects in this draft, but only because he was projected to go much higher than this. At 31st overall, this could actually be seen as a steal. The 18-year-old has good size (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) and skill, but he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury over in Russia last year and he hasn’t played since. On top of that, whenever he has played in the professional ranks in his country, he hasn’t really been productive. Kostin had just one goal in nine games in Russia’s second division in 2016-17 and no points and 27 penalty minutes in eight games in the KHL. Kostin wore the "C" for his country during the Ivan Hlinka tournament, where he posted seven points in five games.
Jun 23 - 10:09 PM

The St. Louis Blues have acquired Brayden Schenn from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Jori Lehtera, the 27th overall pick in 2017, and a conditional first rounder in 2018.

Schenn had 25 goals and 55 points in 79 games last season, making it his second straight campaign where he reached that 55-point mark. While Schenn never developed into an offensive star, he's a solid contributor that should do well for the Blues. It'll be worth keeping an eye on Schenn during training camp to see how he fits into St. Louis' roster. The ideal would obviously be seeing Schenn on a line with Vladimir Tarasenko, but that's far from a certainty.
Jun 23 - 9:43 PM

The St. Louis Blues have selected forward Robert Thomas with the 20th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Thomas is the definition of a two-way center. The 17-year-old (he turns 18 on July 2nd) posted 16 goals and 50 assists in 66 games with the OHL’s London Knights last season, but there’s still some question marks surrounding his offensive upside. As his numbers would indicate, he’s a pass-first center with good hands and vision. Thomas is great in the faceoff circle and terrific in his own end, which is definitely the plus part of his game. As good as he is defensively, he’ll likely need some more time in the junior hockey ranks to develop his offensive game. He could slot in as a terrific number two pivot for the Blues after a few seasons honing his craft in junior hockey and/or the AHL.
Jun 23 - 9:03 PM

The Blues have left an assortment of interesting forwards off their protected list.

Vegas will certainly kick the tires on Nail Yakupov, David Perron, Dmitrij Jaskin, Jori Lehtera and Ty Rattie. The Blues did protect the following players: Patrik Berglund, Ryan Reaves, Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Sobotka, Paul Stastny, Alexander Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko, Jay Bouwmeester, Joel Edmundson, Alex Pietrangelo and Jake Allen.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 18 - 12:21 PM

The St. Louis Blues have hired Craig Berube as an associate coach.

Berube spent two seasons serving as the Philadelphia Flyers head coach, but he was relieved of his duties with the team in April 2015. After that he served as the bench boss with the AHL's Chicago Wolves. Daniel Tkaczuk is also joining the Blues as an assistant coach while David Alexander is taking over as the goalie coach. They're joining assistant coaches Darryl Sydor and Steve Ott and head coach Mike Yeo.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 15 - 5:48 PM

Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Dispatch thinks the Ilya Kovalchuk to the Blues makes a lot of sense.

Brodeur obviously knows Kovlchuk after spending parts of four seasons together while playing in New Jersey. One of Brodeur's jobs with the Blues is to make trips overseas and a meeting or two between the two former teammates has likely happened while Kovalchuk has been playing in the KHL. Rutherford still thinks it's a tough deal seeing as all the hoops any team that trades for Kovalchuk will have to go through with the NHL. If a deal were to happen, having Kovalchuk and Tarasenko coming down the ice on opposite wings will scare many teams.
Jun 10 - 10:37 AM

Craig Berube has reportedly interviewed for coaching jobs with the Buffalo Sabres and Florida Panthers this off-season.

Despite interviewing for those two openings, TSN's Darren Dreger says he expects Berube to be an associate coach with the St. Louis Blues. Berube spent last year as the head coach of the AHL's Chicago Wolves. He was the head coach with the Philadelphia Flyers from 2013 to 2015.
Jun 7 - 8:12 PM

Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper really likes what he's seen from Blues defenseman Colton Parayko.

Cooper has coached Parayko on two separate occasions this season. First, Cooper had him while he was serving as an assistant coach with Team North America at last fall's World Cup of Hockey. More recently, Parayko and Cooper were reunited when they were both part of Team Canada at the World Hockey Championship last month. "On Sept. 3, I had no idea who Colton Parayko was and now a year later ... I definitely know who Colton Parayko is," Cooper said. "He’s basically what every general manager in hockey wants. He’s a (6-foot-6) defenseman that can play every inch of the ice. You need him on the power play, he can do it. You need him on the penalty kill, he can do it. You need him 4 on 4, he can do it. You need him 3 on 3, he can do it. He can play in every situation." That's some high praise from the Lightning coach.
Jun 3 - 9:40 AM

Barret Jackman has joined the St. Louis Blues as their development coach.

Jackman announced the end of his playing career back in October. Although he last played with Nashville, he inked a one-day contract with St. Louis so that he could retire as a member of the Blues. That made sense given that he spent 803 of his 876-game career with St. Louis. Now he'll get to stay with the organization in the next chapter of his journey. "I think the development thing is perfect for me," Jackman added. "I have an opportunity just to focus on a couple of guys instead of a whole team. I always felt as a player that I was pretty good in helping the younger guys, and this is an opportunity to continue to do that without having to get beat up on the ice every day."
Source: NHL.com
Jun 2 - 12:09 PM

Tage Thompson feels he gained valuable experience by finishing the season in the AHL.

"It was exactly what I needed and exactly what I was hoping for, a stepping stone," Thompson said. "Had I not made that jump at the end of the season, I wouldn't have known probably what it takes. Ultimately the goal is to make St. Louis next season, so now that I've got the experience of playing in Chicago I'm more prepared for training camp." He recorded 32 points in 34 games for the University of Connecticut prior to joining the Chicago Wolves. With the Blues' minor-league affiliate, Thompson had one goal and one assist in 16 outings as well as three points in 10 playoff matches. It's unclear if he'll be ready to make the jump to the NHL next season, but he should make progress as a potential top-six forward.
May 31 - 1:25 PM

Joel Edmundson is expected to take on a larger role with the Blues in 2017-18.

Edmundson has formed a solid shutdown pairing with Colton Parayko and the duo was impressive in the playoffs. "I feel like I've been around long enough," said the 23-year-old blueliner. "I can definitely lead the way to the younger guys. ... Having a full year of experience, going through the playoffs last year, the confidence (this year) was there. I think that's what's going to be good for our group going into next year." His offensive success in the postseason may give him confidence to get involved in the play more often during the regular season. Still, he probably won't have much in the way of fantasy value next year.
May 30 - 4:11 PM

Steve Ott has been hired by the St. Louis Blues as an assistant coach.

That also means he's ending his playing career at the age of 34 (he'll turn 35 on Aug. 19). Ott had three goals and seven points in 53 games between the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings this season. Over the course of his career he's played in 848 regular season games, including 122 with St. Louis. He also appeared in 61 playoff contests. "I am very proud of my playing career and will devote the same work ethic to my coaching career," said Ott. "The Blues organization is very special to me and my family and I'm excited to take the next step in my hockey career with this franchise."
Source: NHL.com
May 25 - 4:24 PM


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