"Game Time" Prospect Sunday: THE '14 FILE, June 8, 2014

Less than three weeks, folks...

So today is the 8th... yesterday, while my brothers and I were at the OTB site out here in Apache Junction (yes, that's a real town name. I think it's sort of cool...) throwing a bunch of money away on the Belmont Stakes, another race caught my eye. The 8th race at Santa Anita, to be exact. In that race, the number 8 horse was a handsome-looking devil named Sir Barclay. A horse named Barclay, number eight, in the eighth race... gotta be an omen for a Blues fan, no? So I put eight bucks on the horse to win. Guess where that nag finished? Yep... eighth. FML.

...but a good time was had by all regardless. We ran into my uncle there, whom I hadn't seen in a few years, and my brothers and I, along with my mother, went by my aunt and uncle's house after the races. This aunt is my mom's youngest sister, and it was nice to get them together again.

Now back to hockey, and our continued coverage of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

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For this week's edition of "The '14 File," we'll look at the players ranked in the Blues' draft positions by the three scouting services that your GTPD subscribes to: Future Considerations, International Scouting Services, and the "Hockey Prospect.com" 2014 NHL Entry Draft "Black Book."

Barring trades, the Blues will be drafting at 21st, 33rd, 52nd, 82nd, 110th, 124th, 172nd, 176th and 202nd overall, and this week's feature will take a quick look at the players ranked in those positions by each of the three scouting services just mentioned.

There aren't any duplications from one listing to the next, but several players that have already been profiled in this space are also identified on the three lists to follow.

The charts below list the Blues' nine picks over the seven rounds, the player that each of the scouting services ranks in that position, and also has a brief scouting summary of the player.

RND PICK FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS CLUB POS HT/WT NOTES
1 21 CONNOR BLEACKLEY RED DEER (WHL) RW 6-01 / 195 Strong two-way center battles every shift
2 33 MASON McDONALD CHARLOTTETOWN (QMJHL) G 6-04 / 180 Composed, big butterfly goalie
2 52 CHASE DE LEO PORTLAND (WHL) C 5-09 / 175 Small, relentless, strong puck skills
3 82 DONALD AUDETTE SHERBROOKE (QMJHL) C 5-08 / 175 Pint-sized offensive playmaker with good bloodlines
4 110 DARBY LLEWELLYN KITCHENER (OHL) RW 6-01 / 175 Hard-working long term project with great compete level
5 124 RYAN HITCHCOCK USNTDP U-18 (USHL) LW 5-09 / 170 Small, skilled, fast with excellent hockey sense
6 172 AUSTIN LOTZ EVERETT (WHL) G 6-01 / 190 Superior focus, athleticism, tecnhnique.
6 176 MILES GENDRON RIVERS ACADEMY (HS-MA) D 6-02 / 175 Raw but talented puck-moving defenseman
7 202 ANTHONY ANGELLO OMAHA (USHL) RW/C 6-04 / 190 Two-way shutdown center excels at faceoffs

RND PICK INT'L SCOUTING SERVICES CLUB POS HT/WT NOTES
1 21 JAKUB VRANA LINKÖPING (SHL) RW 6-00 / 176 High-end skill, hockey sense; can score in bunches
2 33 DAVID PASTRNAK SÖDERTÄLJE (Allsvenskan) LW 6-00 / 168 Good speed, quickness, highlight-reel skill
2 52 RYAN COLLINS USNTDP U-18 (USHL) D 6-05 / 202 Defensive defenseman with pro size and reach
3 82 BEN THOMAS CALGARY (WHL) D 6-01 / 190 Well-rounded defenseman does everything well, not elite
4 110 FRANCIS PERRON ROUYN-NORANDA (QMJHL) LW 6-00 / 166 One-on-one ability; smooth fluid stride, good quickness
5 124 RILEY STADEL KELOWNA (WHL) D 5-10 / 166 Smooth-skating puck mover with good vision and puck skills
6 172 RADEL FAZLEYEV CALGARY (WHL) C 6-01 / 176 Talented speedster, good offensive tools, creative
6 176 MAX IAFRATE KITCHENER (OHL) D 6-01 / 201 Good skill level, physical tools; inconsistent compete level
7 202 NO RANKING ... ... ... ISS rankings go only as far as 200

RND PICK HOCKEY PROSPECT "BLACK BOOK" CLUB POS HT/WT NOTES
1 21 ADRIAN KEMPE MODO HOCKEY (SHL) LW 6-01 / 187 Two-way player with good hockey IQ; plays smart, low-risk game
2 33 MARCUS PETTERSSON SKELLEFTEÅ (J20 Superelit) D 6-04 / 167 Skates well, good mobility, offensive upside; not physical
2 52 JUHO LAMMIKKO ÄSSÄT (FIN JR) RW 6-02 / 189 Big, smart player; goes to the net hard; transferable skillset
3 82 MICHAEL PRAPAVESSIS TORONTO LAKESHORE (OJHL) D 6-01 / 180 Elite skilled offensive defenseman; high-level hockey IQ and vision
4 110 MICHAEL AMADIO NORTH BAY (OHL) C 6-01 / 192 Good two-way forward; makes simple, smart plays
5 124 KEEGAN IVERSON PORTLAND (WHL) LW 6-00 / 215 Big, thick power winger who is physical and punishing
6 172 ANDERS BJORK USNTDP U-18 (USHL) LW/C 5-11 / 181 Excellent hands, speed; crafty playmaker, but not on same level as some teammates
6 176 JOEL KIVIRANTA JOKERIT (FIN JR) RW 5-10 / 167 Smallish, skilled forward with great quickness, good shot, quick release
7 202 JAKE BRESSER EAU CLAIRE HS (HS-WI) RW 6-02 / 194 47 goals in 24 HS games; USHL rights owned by Chicago

Next week in "The '14 File," we'll take a more in-depth look at some of the players on the above lists, and take a stab at working out our final "Hot List" for the Blues' 2014 draft. Don't miss it.

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