"Game Time" Prospect Sunday: THE '14 FILE, Mar. 9, 2014

The results are in: The St. Louis Blues came away with a nice haul of new prospects in the first seven-round mock draft of the 2013-14 season... including two local kids and a couple of players with Stanley Cups in their blood. Check out your "Game Time" Prospect Department's selections and let us know which ones you like, dislike, agree with or disagree with.

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Once again in this installment of "The '14 File," our focus will be on the first complete (seven round) Mock Draft of the season. This is our attempt to simulate a potential game plan for the Blues at the real draft this June in Philadelphia, and to see the outcome of the draft strategies we have formulated.

The first four picks of the Mock Draft correspond (roughly) to the spots in which the Blues will actually be picking in June; the exception is the 65th overall pick in this mock (near the top of the third round), which was acquired in trade after dealing the 56th overall pick (near the end of the second round).

The strategy with these picks was to select the best player available, with a caveat; we had identified several areas in which the Blues' organization was lacking in depth, and determined to bolster that depth with these picks. The areas, in no particular order, were: Offense from the wings, offense from the blueline, a goaltender with amateur eligibility (college/junior) left, and a center.

We feel we addressed each of those areas with these picks:

ST. LOUIS BLUES 2014 (MOCK) ENTRY DRAFT SELECTIONS
26TH 32ND 65TH 86TH
1st Round 2nd Round 3rd Round 3rd Round
ANTHONY DeANGELO RYAN MACINNIS VILLE HUSSO JUHO LAMMIKKO
AD BW RM BW VH BW JL BW
DEFENSE (R) CENTER (L) GOALTENDER (L) RIGHT WING (L)
5' 10.75" / 175 lbs 6' 03.50" / 185 lbs 6' 03.00" / 205 lbs 6' 02.50" / 189 lbs
10-24-95 / Sewell, NJ 02-14-96 / St. Louis, MO 02-06-95 / Helsinki, FIN 01-29-96 / Noormarkku, FIN
SARNIA (OHL) KITCHENER (OHL) HIFK HELSINKI (Liiga) ÄSSÄT PORI (FIN Jr)

From here forward, picks shown in RED will represent picks acquired through trades in this mock. Picks not highlighted in this way represent picks that the Blues currently own.

Our strategy for these next few picks was to add "project" players to the organization. With these picks, the Blues add a solid Russian scoring winger to the system, along with a pair of skilled defensemen and a center who played on the same line with (now-departed) 2013 second-round pick William Carrier when Carrier was with Cape Breton of the QMJHL.

ST. LOUIS BLUES 2014 (MOCK) ENTRY DRAFT SELECTIONS
112TH 113TH 123RD 125TH
4th Round 4th Round 5th Round 5th Round
ALEXANDER SHAROV WILLIAM LAGESSON CAMERON DARCY LUC SNUGGERUD
AS BW RM BW CD BW LS BW
LEFT WING (L) DEFENSE (L) CENTER (R) DEFENSE (L)
6' 02.00" / 187 lbs 6' 02.00" / 196 lbs 6' 00.00" / 185 lbs 6' 00.25" / 180 lbs
11-05-95 / Moscow, RUS 02-22-96 / Göteborg, SWE 03-02-94 / Boston, MA 09-18-95 / Eden Prairie, MN
CSKA 2 (RUS JR) FRÖLUNDA (SWE JR) CAPE BRETON (QMJHL) EDEN PRAIRIE (HS-MN)

Continuing with our strategy to add "project" players to the organization, these next two picks represent exceptional potential. Steven Spinner is a Minnesota native who is comparable in size and playing style to Ty Rattie, a player that is having a very solid first pro season, and Josh Wesley is a physical defenseman with good size and offensive upside; he is the son of ex-NHL'er Glen Wesley and the nephew of ex-NHL'er Blake Wesley.

ST. LOUIS BLUES 2014 (MOCK) ENTRY DRAFT SELECTIONS
143RD 158TH 176TH 203RD
5th Round 6th Round 6th Round 7th Round
STEVEN SPINNER JOSH WESLEY JAN MANDAT KRIS HODGE
SS BW JW BW XX BW XX BW
RIGHT WING (R) DEFENSE (R) CENTER (L) CENTER (L)
5' 11.50" / 196 lbs 6' 02.50" / 194 lbs 5' 11.50" / 196 lbs 6' 00.50" / 194 lbs
12-15-95 / Eden Prairie, MN 04-09-96 / Raleigh, NC 11-18-95 / Jihlava, CZE 10-12-95 / Conception Bay, NL
EDEN PRAIRIE (HS-MN) PLYMOUTH (OHL) VICTORIAVILLE (QMJHL) SHAWINIGAN (QMJHL)

With the final three picks in this mock draft, we added a pair of centers from the QMJHL and a goaltender from Florissant who is playing in the NAHL. Jan Mandat and Kris Hodge are players of similar size who will add bottom six depth to the organization's roster of centers, and Drew Vogler joins earlier pick Ville Husso in restocking the organization's goaltending pipeline. Vogler is committed to Merrimack College (Hockey East) for next season.

ST. LOUIS BLUES 2014 (MOCK) ENTRY DRAFT SELECTIONS
206TH ..... ..... .....
7th Round ..... ..... .....
DREW VOGLER ..... ..... .....
XX BW XX BW XX BW XX BW
GOALTENDER (L) ..... ..... .....
6' 00.50" / 200 lbs ..... ..... .....
07-22-96 / Florissant, MO ..... ..... .....
TOPEKA (NAHL) ..... ..... .....

Statistics that follow are as of Mar. 9, 2014:

ST. LOUIS BLUES 2014 (MOCK) ENTRY DRAFT SELECTIONS
Ovr Player Name 2013-14 Club GP GL AS PT +/- PM
Ovr Player Name 2013-14 Club GP MN WIN SO AVG SV%
26 ANTHONY DeANGELO SARNIA (OHL) 49 15 53 68 -29 82
32 RYAN MACINNIS KITCHENER (OHL) 63 16 21 37 -25 16
65 VILLE HUSSO HIFK HELSINKI (Liiga) 40 2295 19 2 2.01 92.3
86 JUHO LAMMIKKO ÄSSÄT PORI (FIN Jr) 37 17 25 42 +24 32
112 ALEXANDER SHAROV CSKA 2 (RUS JR) 41 17 17 34 +25 38
113 WILLIAM LAGESSON FRÖLUNDA (SWE JR) 42 8 12 20 +28 30
123 CAMERON DARCY CAPE BRETON (QMJHL) 64 34 44 78 + 2 51
125 LUC SNUGGERUD EDEN PRAIRIE (MN-HS) 25 8 30 38 + 1 19
143 STEVEN SPINNER EDEN PRAIRIE (MN-HS) 25 17 22 39 + 3 42
158 JOSH WESLEY PLYMOUTH (OHL) 65 2 7 9 - 2 62
176 JAN MANDAT VICTORIAVILLE (QMJHL) 60 12 21 33 + 7 37
203 KRIS HODGE SHAWINIGAN (QMJHL) 64 9 21 30 -34 64
206 DREW VOGLER TOPEKA (NAHL) 20 1122 9 3 2.35 90.0
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