WHAT A DRAFT!!! The Blues did VERY well! I tip my cap to Bill Armstrong, and Doug, too. This may well turn out to be their best draft ever (or, at least third to their Federko-Sutter-Liut and Schwartz-Tarasenko drafts.
Having Robby Fabbri fall to them was great luck. I know The Blues like size a LOT. But, they just couldn't pass up his skill, hockey instincts and tenaciousness. He'll be a star in The NHL. He should be another Doug Gilmore.
Having Barbashev fall to them was another great bit of luck. He should be a great power forward with a lot of skill (another NHL star).
They picked a project with their late 2nd rounder, in The Russian, Letunov. But, he looks like he was a great "sleeper pick". He fell a long way, not only because he's Russian, but also because he's really skinny and needs to get a LOT stronger and heavier. But, he's 6 ft. 2, and got such great skills, that he's likely to be a great player if he fills out right and builds up his strength (which should happen). In a way, he's a good reach at that point just BECAUSE he won't be NHL-ready in 2015-16 like Fabbri, and probably Barbashev. It would be better for The Blues if he joins one or two years later, so they won't have too many contracts coming up at the same time, to try and fit under the cap. He'll also not have to worry about not having any Russian-speaking "running buddies", with Tarasenko and likely Barbashev already on the team before he joins.
The Blues also did very well with their 3rd Rounder, Jake Walman, getting a solid 2-way defenceman, with a good shot, who was rated as high as #47 on a couple respected lists. And nabbing the highest-rated European goalie, Vielle Husso, with their extra 4th Rounder (from the Polak trade) was a great pick, as well. A few of their later round picks look very good, as well. Their regular 4th Rounder, Austin Poganski, looks like a potential power forward, or else, at least a decent 3rd Line scorer with some grit. Jaedon Descheneau scored a lot in juniors, but dropped due to his relatively small size. But, The Blues realise that skill sometimes trumps size in today's fast NHL game. He could turn into another pretty good pick.
I'm very happy with this draft. I think that The Blues are doing their "homework" even more now, under Bill Armstrong, than they were under Jarmo (who picked a lot of Euros) but didn't seem to know that several of them never intended to come to North America. Whereas, almost all of the Euro players chosen under Bill Armstrong's scouting regime have already shown plenty of interest in playing in North America (many at the juniors level).
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