Rivermen Roster for 2010-11 Shaping Up

By Brian Weidler, "Game Time" Prospect Department


St. Louis Game Time PROSPECT SUNDAYS


In a slow period for Blues' news, prospects have been the story for the organization more often than not in recent weeks. Prospects have gone deep into the playoffs in all three of the major junior leagues, and won championships in two of them, and several recent draftees have signed their first contracts with the Blues, preparing to start their pro careers.

Lars Eller at 2009 Pro orientation Camp (

Currently, the Blues have 25 players under contract for next season, and 13 of those players are likely to see time in Peoria next year, including former first-round picks Ian Cole, Lars Eller, and Alex Pietrangelo. Eller, in his first North American pro season, was named to the AHL's mid-season All-Star Team, was named AHL Rookie Of The Month for March 2010, was named to the 2010 AHL All-Rookie Team, and is currently one of the scoring leaders for Team Denmark in the IIHF World Championships.

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Six of the thirteen contracted players who are likely bound for Peoria, will follow in in Eller's footsteps and skate in their first pro seasons in 2010-11, giving the Rivermen a half-dozen potential candidates for the 2011 Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL's Rookie Of The Year. Junior scoring standouts Tyler Shattock and Philip McRae, CHL 2010 Goaltender of the Year hopeful Jake Allen, and OHL playoff and regular season plus-minus leader Mark Cundari should lead the Rivermen's freshman class this fall.

2008 draft pick (third round, 70th overall) James Livingston is the sole remaining player from that draft who must be signed by June 1, or else the Blues will lose his rights. Fellow 2008 draftees Allen, McRae, Nigro, Pietrangelo and Schultz have already signed; Jori Lehtera (65th overall) and Kristofer Berglund (125th overall) are still under contract to European clubs in Finland and Sweden respectively; and David Warsfosky (95th overall) and goalie Paul Karpowich (185th overall) still have two years of NCAA eligibility remaining at Boston University and Clarkson, respectively.

Check out the Lucky Thirteen, as well as the scoop on free agents who have yet to sign, after the jump.

ST. LOUIS BLUES 2009-10 PROSPECT STATS
Lines with GREY backgrounds denote players above "prospect age" of 25 years.
Lines with BLUE backgrounds indicate statistics for players in the NHL at any point in the 2009-10 season.

Acq'd Player Ps/Sh Ht Wt Birthdate Birthplace 2009-10 Club/Lea GP G A Pts +/- PIM PP SH GW
1 (18) '07 COLE, Ian D/L 6-01 211 01-18-89 Ann Arbor, MI Peoria (AHL) 9 1 4 5 + 2 4 0 0 0
Notre Dame (CCHA) 30 3 16 19 -16 55 1 0 1
F/A '08 CUNDARI, Mark D/L 5-10 200 04-23-90 Toronto, ON Windsor (OHL) 63 8 46 54 +45 139 3 0 2
1 (13) '07 ELLER, Lars F/L 6-00 198 05-08-89 Rodovre, DMK St. Louis (NHL) 7 2 0 2 + 2 4 1 0 0
Peoria (AHL) 70 18 39 57 - 1 84 4 0 3
Trade '08 FAST, T.J. D/L 6-01 190 09-02-87 Calgary, AB Peoria (AHL) 18 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 0
Alaska (ECHL) 46 10 21 31 -16 26 3 0 2
2 (33) '08 McRAE, Philip C/L 6-03 191 03-15-90 Apple Valley, MN London (OHL) 33 11 26 37 + 4 43 4 1 4
Plymouth (OHL) 19 5 9 14 - 1 21 1 0 1
OHL Totals 52 16 35 51 + 3 64 5 1 5
USA (U20 WJ) 6 1 4 5 0 2 1 0 0
6 (155) '08 NIGRO, Anthony C/L 6-00 189 01-11-90 Woodbridge, ON Ottawa (OHL) 61 16 46 62 +14 49 6 0 2
6 (160) '07 PELUSO, Anthony RW/R 6-04 235 04-18-89 King City, ON Peoria (AHL) 22 1 1 2 - 2 57 0 0 0
Alaska (ECHL) 27 4 7 11 + 1 48 1 0 0
1 (4) '08 PIETRANGELO, Alex D/R 6-03 206 01-18-90 King City, ON St. Louis (NHL) 9 1 1 2 - 9 6 0 0 0
Barrie (OHL) 25 9 20 29 +20 27 4 1 0
Canada (U20 WJ) 6 3 9 12 + 9 14 1 1 0
F/A '07 PORTER, Chris LW/L 6-01 205 05-29-84 Thunder Bay, ON Peoria (AHL) 80 13 18 31 - 4 53 0 2 3
4 (87) '08 SCHULTZ, Ian RW/R 6-02 200 02-04-90 Calgary, AB Calgary (WHL) 70 24 31 55 + 6 150 10 2 3
4 (108) '09 SHATTOCK, Tyler RW/R 6-03 190 02-03-90 Salmon Arm, BC Kamloops (WHL) 42 22 28 50 - 1 65 8 0 5
Calgary (WHL) 30 8 20 28 + 4 26 5 2 1
WHL Totals 72 30 48 78 + 3 91 13 2 6
3 (85) '07 SONNE, Brett C/L 6-00 187 03-16-89 Maple Ridge, BC Peoria (AHL) 77 11 13 24 -15 33 6 0 1
Acq'd Player Ps/Ct Ht Wt Birthdate Birthplace 2009-10 Club/League GP Mins GA SO GAA W-L-OT Shts Sv %
2 (34) '08 ALLEN, Jake G/L 6-02 175 08-07-90 Fredericton, NB Montreal (QMJHL) 23 1241 55 1 2.66 11-11-0 624 0.912
Drummondville (QMJHL) 22 1271 37 3 1.75 18-3-0 550 0.933
QMJHL Totals 45 2512 92 4 2.20 29-14-0 1174 0.922
Canada (U20 WJ) 5 291 10 2 2.06 3-0-0 102 0.902

 

 

ST. LOUIS BLUES 2009-10 PROSPECT STATS -- FREE AGENTS UNSIGNED AS OF 16 MAY 2010
Lines with GREY backgrounds denote players above "prospect age" of 25 years.
Lines with BLUE backgrounds indicate statistics for players in the NHL at any point in the 2009-10 season.

Acq'd Player Ps/Sh Ht Wt Birthdate Birthplace 2009-10 Club/Lea GP G A Pts +/- PIM PP SH GW
F/A '09 CRACKNELL, Adam RW/R 6-03 215 07-15-85 Prince Albert, SK Peoria (AHL) 76 17 21 38 + 2 40 4 2 2
6 (171) '05 DRAZENOVIC, Nick C/L 6-01 200 01-14-87 Prince George, BC Peoria (AHL) 58 19 20 39 - 7 40 9 1 1
F/A '07 FLETCHER, Justin D/L 5-11 180 03-30-83 Maryville, IL Peoria (AHL) 42 3 14 17 + 1. 19 0 0 0
Trade '09 GUENIN, Nate D/R 6-02 210 12-10-82 Sewickley, PA W-B/Scranton (AHL) 41 3 2 5 - 3 63 0 0 0
Peoria (AHL) 27 2 11 13 +14 35 0 1 0
AHL Totals 68 5 13 18 +11 98 0 1 0
Trade '10 LABRIE, Pierre-Cedric LW/R 6-02 212 12-06-86 Baie-Comeau, QC Manitoba (AHL) 45 5 1 6 -13 69 0 0 2
Peoria (AHL) 16 0 1 1 0 16 0 0 0
AHL Totals 61 5 2 7 -13 85 0 0 2
3 (70) '08 LIVINGSTON, James RW/R 6-02 213 03-08-90 Halifax, NS Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 36 14 12 26 +12 47 6 0 3
Plymouth (OHL) 24 3 6 9 + 3 58 0 0 0
OHL Totals 60 17 18 35 +15 104 6 0 3
F/A '08 PADDOCK, Cam C/R 6-00 180 03-22-83 N. Vancouver, BC Peoria (AHL) 80 15 12 27 -18 95 1 0 1
Trade '09 PELLETIER, Pascal RW/L 5-11 197 06-16-83 Labrador City, NL Syracuse (AHL) 25 3 13 16 - 7 23 1 0 0
Peoria (AHL) 55 14 28 42 + 2 41 4 0 4
AHL Totals 80 17 41 58 - 5 64 5 0 4
5 (156) '05 REAVES, Ryan RW/R 6-02 200 01-20-87 Winnipeg, MB Peoria (AHL) 76 4 7 11 -16 167 0 0 0
F/A '08 STRACHAN, Tyson D/R 6-03 225 10-20-84 Melfort, SK St. Louis (NHL) 8 0 2 2 + 3 4 0 0 0
Peoria (AHL) 65 5 21 26 - 7 75 2 0 1
F/A '07 TALBOT, Julian C/L 6-00 185 03-24-85 Wahnapitae, ON Peoria (AHL) 76 17 15 32 - 7 34 9 0 3
Acq'd Player Ps/Ct Ht Wt Birthdate Birthplace 2009-10 Club/League GP Mins GA SO GAA W-L-OT Shts Sv %
3 (85) '05 BISHOP, Ben G/L 6-05 205 11-21-86 Denver, CO Peoria (AHL) 48 2793 129 0 2.77 23-18-4 1302 0.901
Trade '10 FALLON, Joe G/L 6-03 210 02-01-05 Bemidji, MN Rockford (AHL) 29 1545 68 1 2.64 15-10-1 770 0.912
Peoria (AHL) 10 532 31 0 3.50 4-6-0 280 0.889
AHL Totals 39 2077 99 1 2.86 19-16-1 1050 0.906

 

 

ST. LOUIS BLUES 2009-10 PROSPECT STATS -- PLAYERS ON AHL CONTRACTS

Acq'd Player Ps/Sh Ht Wt Birthdate Birthplace 2009-10 Club/Lea GP G A Pts +/- PIM PP SH GW
Trade '10 BOYLE, Darryl D/R 6-01 200 02-24-87 Sparwood, BC Rockford (AHL) 52 4 16 20 - 3 29 1 0 0
Peoria (AHL) 20 4 5 9 + 8 2 0 0 1
AHL Totals 72 8 21 29 + 5 31 1 0 1
4 (94) '06 TUREK, Ryan D/R 6-00 185 09-22-87 Southfield, MI Alaska (ECHL) 60 3 7 10 - 6 85 0 0 2
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