With the 44th overall selection in the 2010 NHL Draft, the St. Louis Blues selected Sebastian Wannstrom, a 19-year-old forward from Sweden. That makes two selections in a row from Europe after the Blues selected Russian Vladimir Tarasenko in the first round Friday night.
According to the Blues website, Wannstrom led Sweden's Junior Elite League in goals with 30 and points with 57. The 6-1, 180-pound forward was ranked 27th among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting.
Wännström is a strong-skating and technically skilled player that creates a lot of space, not only for himself, but also for his teammates. Usually puts up a good amount of points on the board and enough all-round to be used on a scoring line as well as on a checking line.
It's nice to see the Blues continuing to address depth at forward with skilled players. At 19, he's already played 19 games in the Elite League, but didn't notch a point during his brief stint with Brynas.
As we find more information and get input from the Prospect Department, we'll update this post.
Update from the Game Time Prospect Department:
Wännström is the first player on the GTPD radar (as reported HERE) to actually be selected by the Blues. He's a winger with decent size at 6'1, 180, and enough skill to be the leading scorer in the J20 Superelit (the top Swedish junior league) this year. He will most likely be with the Brynäs senior team next season.