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Blues Prospects Trending Up, Nov. 27, 2011

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By Brian Weidler, "Game Time" Prospect Department


THE REGULARS:

Jori Lehtera remains on the sidelines with a knee injury; the Finnish center has not skated for Sibir since Nov. 5, but is expected to be back in the lineup shortly.

Lehtera's Sibir teammate, Vladimir Tarasenko, is still struggling offensively with Lehtera out of the lineup. Tarasenko managed only one goal in two games this past week, and has slipped under a point per game for the first time this year.

Meanwhile, out west, Colorado College sophomore Jaden Schwartz failed to score a goal in a weekend series with North Dakota (both one-goal losses), but chipped in offensively with five assists in the two games.

Jori LEHTERA Jaden SCHWARTZ Vladimir TARASENKO
Lehtera Schwartz Tarasenko
Sibir Novosibirsk (KHL) Colorado College (WCHA) Sibir Novosibirsk (KHL)
** 0 games played this week ** 2 games played this week ** 2 games played this week
** 0 G, 0 A ** 0 G, 5 A, plus-2 ** 1 G, 0 A, minus-1
** 0 PM, 0 PP, 0 SH, 0 GW ** 4 PM, 0 PP, 0 SH, 0 GW ** 0 PM, 0 PP, 0 SH, 0 GW

AFTER THE JUMP:

After the jump, your weekly look at the players in the Blues' organization who are "Trending Up." All of the organizations goaltenders below the NHL level struggled a bit this past week, but scorers picked up some of the slack at all levels. Also, a pair of defense prospects in Peoria scored their first AHL points this week, earning them Honorable mention for the week. Stay tuned...

Jay BARRIBALL Cody BEACH Ty RATTIE Ryan TESINK Yannick VEILLEUX
Bishop Beach Rattie Tesink Veilleux
Peoria (AHL) Moose Jaw (WHL) Portland (WHL) Saint John (QMJHL) Shawinigan (QMJHL)
** 3 games played this week ** 4 games played this week ** 3 games played this week ** 4 games played this week ** 2 games played this week
** 2 G, 1 A, minus-2 ** 1 G, 4 A, plus-2 ** 3 G, 4 A, plus-4 ** 2 G, 4 A, plus-5 ** 2 G, 0 A, even
** 0 PM, 0 PP, 0 SH, 0 GW ** 8 PM, 0 PP, 0 SH, 1 GW ** 4 PM, 1 PP, 0 SH, 0 GW ** 4 PM, 0 PP, 0 SH, 0 GW ** 2 PM, 0 PP, 0 SH, 0 GW

HONORABLE MENTION:

BROCK BEUKEBOOM, D, Niagara (OHL): 4 GP, 0 G, 2 A, plus-5, 4 PM, 0-0-0.

TEEMU ERONEN, D, Jokerit Helsinki (S

PHILIP McRAE, C, Peoria (AHL): 3 GP, 3 G, 0 A, minus-3, 0 PM, 1-0-0.

BRETT PONICH, D, Peoria (AHL): 2 GP, 0 G, 1 A, plus-1, 0 PM, 0-0-0. First professional point.

DAVID SHIELDS, D, Peoria (AHL): 3 GP, 0 G, 1 A, minus-3, 0 PM, 0-0-0. First AHL point.