2013 NHL Entry Draft: St. Louis Blues "Hot List"

With one week to go, here's your SLGT "Hot List" for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Every summer for the last several years, your "Game Time" Prospect Department presents a "Hot List" of several players who are expected to be available at each of the Blues' selections in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. Following is this year's model...

Hot List

By Brian Weidler, "Game Time" Prospect Department

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DO YOU FEEL A DRAFT?

Your "Game Time" Prospect Department does, and this is by far the most interesting and exciting time of the NHL season for us here at Prospect HQ West.

As of today, the Blues have six selections in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft -- 47th overall (2nd round), 83rd overall (3rd round), 94th and 113th overall (4th round), 173rd overall (6th round) and 203rd overall (7th round).

The Blues have no first-round pick, having dealt that to Calgary in the Jay Bouwmeester package, and it's a longshot at this point that Doug Armstrong will attempt to acquire a first-rounder at the Draft in Newark next Sunday.

The Blues have used three picks in the last two drafts to select goaltenders, snagging Jordan Binnington at 88th overall and the recently-signed Niklas Lündström with the 132nd pick in the 2011 Draft, and selecting Quebecois Francois Tremblay at 147th overall in 2012. This year's goaltending crop is not considered to be as good as in recent years, but there is always a chance that the Blues will use a late pick to add a netminder to the prospect stable, so we will preview several goalies in today's "Hot List" as well.

Without further ado, then, your "Game Time" Prospect Department presents our view of the Blues 2013 Draft "Hot List." The column headed "CSS" indicates the player's rank in the NHL Central Scouting Final rankings, and the "ISS" column indicates the player's ranking by International Scouting Services.

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ROUND 2 (47TH OVERALL)
CSS ISS PLAYER CLUB/LEAGUE PS/SH HT/WT GP GL AS PT +- PM ..
13 EUR 51 OVR LINUS ARNESSON DJURGARDEN JR (SWE) D / L 6-02 / 190 13 1 3 4 + 2 22 SWE flag
70 N/A 40 OVR HUDSON FASCHING USNTDP U-18 (USHL) RW / R 6-02 / 214 65 11 25 36 + 0 58 USA flag
29 N/A 43 OVR JOHN HAYDEN USNTDP U-18 (USHL) C / R 6-03 / 221 53 17 17 34 + 0 80 USA flag
25 N/A 47 OVR MORGAN KLIMCHUK REGINA (WHL) LW / L 5-11 / 180 72 36 40 76 - 1 20 CAN flag
102 N/A 52 OVR CARTER VERHAEGE NIAGARA (OHL) C / L 6-01 / 181 67 18 26 44 -12 22 CAN flag
16 EUR 50 OVR LUKAS WALLMARK SKELLEFTEA JR (SWE) C / L 6-01 / 181 14 5 11 16 + 5 18 SWE flag
ROUND 3 (83RD OVERALL)
CSS ISS PLAYER CLUB/LEAGUE PS/SH HT/WT GP GL AS PT +- PM ..
14 EUR 76 OVR VIKTOR CRUS RYDBERG LINKOPING JR (SWE) C / R 5-11 / 187 35 12 23 35 +10 24 SWE flag
12 EUR 81 OVR MARKO DANO SLOVAN BRATISLAVA (KHL) C / L 5-11 / 183 37 3 4 7 - 4 26 AUS flag
75 N/A 77 OVR ANTHONY FLORENTINO SOUTH KENT SCHOOL (HS-CT) D / R 6-00 / 209 62 21 32 53 + 0 68 USA flag
139 N/A 83 OVR DOMINIK KUBALIK SUDBURY (OHL) LW / L 6-01 / 175 67 17 17 34 - 3 25 CZE flag
58 N/A 85 OVR NICK MOUTREY SAGINAW (OHL) C-W / L 6-03 / 208 65 16 27 43 + 2 44 CAN flag
21 EUR 88 OVR RUSHAN RAFIKOV YAROSLAVL JR (RUS) D / L 6-01 / 185 53 1 9 10 +11 38 RUS flag
ROUND 4 (94TH AND 113TH OVERALL)
CSS ISS PLAYER CLUB/LEAGUE PS/SH HT/WT GP GL AS PT +- PM ..
46 N/A 102 OVR MYLES BELL KELOWNA (WHL) LW / R 6-00 / 210 69 38 55 93 +46 68 CAN flag
25 EUR 113 OVR ANTON CEDERHOLM ROGLE JR (SWE) D / L 6-02 / 203 36 5 8 13 +27 64 SWE flag
49 N/A 94 OVR MICHAEL DOWNING DUBUQUE (USHL) D / L 6-03 / 190 52 3 20 23 +16 107 USA flag
181 N/A 127 OVR CLINT LEWIS USNTDP U-18 (USHL) D / L 6-02 / 206 56 0 9 9 + 0 29 USA flag
83 N/A 91 OVR J.C. LIPON KAMLOOPS (WHL) C / R 6-00 / 181 61 36 53 89 +34 115 CAN flag
85 N/A 143 OVR ROBERTS LIPSBERGS SEATTLE (WHL) LW / L 5-11 / 195 64 30 28 58 -11 24 LAT flag
98 N/A 142 OVR CONNOR RANKIN TRI-CITY (WHL) LW / L 6-00 / 195 71 32 26 58 + 9 34 CAN flag
20 EUR 119 OVR ANTON SLEPYSHEV NOVOKUZNETSK / UFA (KHL) LW / R 6-02 / 187 26 7 2 9 + 2 4 RUS flag
42 N/A 93 OVR ADAM TAMBELLINI SOUTH SURREY (BCHL) LW / L 6-02 / 170 52 36 29 65 + 0 26 CAN flag
11 EUR 97 OVR BOGDAN YAKIMOV PENZA / IZHEVSK (VHL) C / L 6-05 / 202 37 8 14 22 +12 16 RUS flag
ROUND 6 (173RD OVERALL)
CSS ISS PLAYER CLUB/LEAGUE PS/SH HT/WT GP GL AS PT +- PM ..
160 N/A 162 OVR ZACH GLEINKE EAGAN HS (HS-MN) LW / L 6-03 / 190 25 30 30 60 + 0 19 USA flag
79 N/A 153 OVR JEREMY GREGOIRE CHICOUTIMI / BAIE-COMEAU (QMJHL) C / R 6-00 / 188 62 19 13 32 + 9 100 CAN flag
180 N/A 154 OVR HENRI IKKONEN KINGSTON (OHL) LW / L 6-00 / 183 61 22 29 51 + 2 30 FIN flag
102 EUR 172 OVR AMIL KRUPIC ROGLE JR (SWE) D / L 6-02 / 194 41 10 18 28 +10 28 SWE flag
66 N/A 179 OVR TYLER LEWINGTON MEDICINE HAT (WHL) D / R 6-01 / 191 69 2 24 26 +14 131 CAN flag
118 NA 173 OVR SERGEI TOLCHINSKY SAULT STE MARIE (OHL) LW / L 5-09 / 160 62 26 25 51 +8 12 RUS flag
ROUND 7 (203RD OVERALL)
CSS ISS PLAYER CLUB/LEAGUE PS/SH HT/WT GP GL AS PT +- PM ..
100 N/A 200 OVR GREG BETZOLD PETERBOROUGH (OHL) C-W / L 6-02 / 195 67 9 23 32 -11 32 USA flag
N/R 185 OVR ALEX GUDBRANSON SAULT STE MARIE (OHL) D / R 6-03 / 205 65 3 11 14 + 0 62 CAN flag
158 N/A 192 OVR ZACH HALL BARRIE (OHL) C / L 5-11 / 182 63 24 57 81 + 9 38 CAN flag
178 N/A 182 OVR WILLIE RASKOB SHATTUCK ST MARY'S (MN-HS) D / R 5-10 / 187 57 9 40 49 + 0 28 USA flag
42 EUR 181 OVR TIMOTEJ SILLE SKALICA JR (SVK) RW / L 6-03 / 178 43 33 38 71 +37 10 SVK flag
N/R 186 OVR FREDERIK TIFFELS MUSKEGON (USHL) LW / L 6-00 / 190 50 3 22 25 +13 10 GER flag
GOALTENDERS
CSS ISS PLAYER CLUB/LEAGUE PS/CT HT/WT GP MN GA AV S% SO ..
9 NAG N/R ANTOINE BIBEAU PRICE EDWARD ISL (QMJHL) G / L 6-02 / 210 46 2521 118 2.81 .911 5 CAN flag
4 EUG N/R MARCUS HOGBERG LINKOPING JR (SWE) G / L 6-03 / 196 23 1369 55 2.41 .917 2 SWE flag
23 NAG N/R EETU LAURIKAINEN SWIFT CURRENT (WHL) G / L 6-00 / 179 60 3507 140 2.40 .922 1 FIN flag
27 NAG N/R JACKSON WHISTLE KELOWNA (WHL) G / L 6-01 / 185 21 1166 38 1.96 .931 1 CAN flag
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