St. Louis Blues 2015 NHL Draft Recap

iss_recapst-louisWith the 2015 NHL Draft completed, International Scouting Services recaps and identifies key up and coming prospects. 

August 31, 2015 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey recaps the top prospects drafted by St. Louis Blues in the 2015 NHL Draft, held on June 26-27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida:

Top Prospects Drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the 2015 NHL Draft

ISSOv.NamePosBirth DateHeightWeightTeamLeague
5156DUNN, VinceLD10/29/19965.11.75187NiagaraOHL
10494MUSIL, AdamC/RW3/26/19976.02.75202Red DeerWHL
68116GAWDIN, GlennC/RW3/25/19976.00.5191Swift CurrentWHL
NA127MIKKOLA, NikoLD4/27/19966.04.5185Kuopio KalPaFinJrA
G13146OPILKA, LukeG2/27/19976.01192USA NDTP Under-18USHL
194176DUNDA, LiamLW9/15/19976.04.25212Owen SoundOHL
June 26-27, BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida

ISS Scouts have been tracking prospects eligible for the NHL Draft for years (typically from the age of fourteen), so they have unique knowledge of strengths, weaknesses and probabilities for success at the NHL level. ISS Hockey scouts identify prospects that have been chosen by the St. Louis Blues in past drafts and provide a brief summary of how these drafted players will influence the team:

Vince Dunn (ISS Ranked #56 in 2015, Overall drafted #56 in 2015 NHL Draft) – Although not having a 1st round pick in 2015, the Blues filled some holes in their prospect pool by selecting intelligent, offensively aware defender Vince Dunn late in the 2nd round. The IceDogs defender will need some time to harness his game in Junior before spending a few years in the AHL. He possesses intriguing tools on the puck and can control the game from the backend but must focus on rounding out his 200ft game. The future of Schmaltz, Vannelli and Dunn are a great start but will need further focus in the upcoming draft’s.

Robby Fabbri (ISS Ranked #8 in 2014, Overall drafted #21 in 2014 NHL Draft) – Although being undersized, Fabbri is an exceptionally dynamic and elusive offensive threat who can dominate possession as he stickhandles through the opposition. He possesses superb creativity and a numble stride. What he lacks in size Robby makes up for in work ethic, vision and intelligence on the puck while maintaining a strong 200ft mindset. Expect a patience approach for Fabbri until he can dominate at the AHL level before being a consistent piece of the Blues offense.

Jordan Schmaltz (ISS Ranked #45 in 2012, Overall drafted #25 in 2012 NHL Draft) – Schmaltz has put in the development time over the past three seasons in North Dakota where he has progressed his two-way game and developed himself into a leader off the ice. The 2012 1st round pick is a steady, two-way defender who displays good intelligence and awareness in all situations. The Blues were patient in his development and waited until he dominate the NCAA level. Expect him to put a couple solid years in with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL before making the permanent jump.

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Vladimir Taresenko (ISS Ranked #NA in 2010, Overall drafted #16 in 2010 NHL Draft) – The most recent Blues off-season signing continues to have the league in awe as he put together an excellent season in St. Louis. Tarasenko displays elite vision, offensive weapons and the natural skating ability to make him a threat in all situations. His creativity is off the charts as he can make the opposition look silly. The offensive dynamo is a building block in St. Louis and will continue to have success in the Blues system.

“St. Louis has been on the cusp of NHL dominance over the past few seasons and continues to add young pieces to make that extra push”, says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “With the likes of Tarasenko, Schwartz, Jaskin and Allen making noise early in their careers and the likes of Schmaltz, Barbashev, Fabbri, Rattie and Binnington in the system, the Blues have a promising group on the brink of NHL play. Their ability to draft and develop a mix of talent, character and grit in the past few years has led to much success and they will hope to continue down that same path this season as a few new faces join the squad.”

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