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.
|ST. LOUIS BLUES 2014 (MOCK) ENTRY DRAFT SELECTIONS|
|ANTHONY DeANGELO||RYAN MACINNIS||VILLE HUSSO||...|
DeANGELO SCOUTING REPORT
LINK to "The Scouting Report.com" website.
It seems like we've been waiting forever for Anthony DeAngelo to become NHL Draft eligible as the Sewell, N.J. native started his junior career as a 15-year-old with Cedar Rapids (USHL) in 2010-11. After jumping ship to the OHL a year later, DeAngelo has rather quietly become one of the premier offensive defensmen in the league. The undersized defenseman can be a fourth forward on the ice at times and is a major asset on the powerplay where his shot placement and puck distribution is top notch. DeAngelo's defensive game is coming around but there's no doubt that that's the area that NHL scouts will be fixated on.
MACINNIS SCOUTING REPORT
LINK to "MyNHLDraft.com" website (scouting report by "Future Considerations").
MacInnis has a tall, lanky build but has some good potential to add strength. His speed currently lacks burst but his skating does have some upside. He's an instinctual player who uses solid positioning to remain in the offensive play and has a heavy shot but needs to work on his release and accuracy.
HUSSO SCOUTING REPORT
LINK to "The Hockey Writers.com" website (2013 scouting report).
Husso has pretty decent size and fills the net well. He has nice athleticism and likes to use his glove hand, which has been pretty reliable so far. He has a pretty sound and polished butterfly technique with pretty good rebound control. His positioning and overall patience need some work, but all in all he doesn’t have any glaring holes in his technique.