Coach promises to place greater emphasis on checking.
Hitchcock says it's a chance for the club to look at young players in a key role.
Training camp kicks off with lots of players back, but competition is there.
Blues hold the leverage over their budding young star — and GM Doug Arnstrong will use it.
The winger remains in a contract dispute with the club.
It was a busy day for all NHL teams. The Blues did not have a first round selection (it was lost in the trade that brought Chris Stewart and Kevin Shattenkirk to the organization), but the Blues still had 8 draft picks to select.
Here is the skinny on what the Blues did during draft weekend:
32nd overall draft pick: RW Ty Rattie
41st overall draft pick: RW Dmitrij Raskin
46th overall draft pick: D Joel Edmundson
88th overall draft pick: G Jordan Binnington4th round
102nd overall draft pick: LW Yannick Veilleux
132nd overall draft pick: G Niklas Lundstrom
162nd overall draft pick: C Ryan Tesink
192nd overall draft pick: D Teemu Eronen
For information on each of these draft picks, please visit stlouisblues.com’s draft page.