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2014 NHL Entry Draft: Your GTPD Has You Covered...

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There are three days in the year that stand out as favorites here at Prospect HQ West: Thanksgiving, August 19 (the birthday of rock legends Ginger Baker and Ian Gillan, as well as President Bill Clinton and yours truly), and Opening Day of the NHL Draft. Everything that your "Game Time" Prospect Department does all season long leads up to this weekend, when the future of the Blues and the NHL takes center stage.

Here's a quick rundown of what we've got planned for Draft Weekend:

FRIDAY, JUNE 27:

-- Draft, Day 1: Open Thread will be posted at 3:00 PM Central Time, two hours prior to the opening of the draft itself.

-- An announcement of the Blues' first-round selection will be made via FanPost within seconds after it is announced, and a full profile of the player will be posted as soon as possible thereafter.

-- Any trades made by the Blues will be discussed in detail on the Open Thread, or possibly in a separate feature if the trade is significant (like trading the first-round pick, for example).

SATURDAY, JUNE 27:

-- Draft, Day 2: Open Thread will be posted at 8:00 AM Central Time, by which time the second day of the draft should be just about to start, if not already under way. The Day Two festivities will be covered by the NHL Network, to which Prospect HQ's landlady unfortunately does not subscribe, so we will be following the second day online unless anyone has a link to a stream of the NHL Network's coverage (please post it here if you do).

-- As on Day One, an announcement of the Blues' selection will be made via FanPost within seconds after it is announced, and a full profile of the player will be posted as soon as possible thereafter.

SUNDAY, JUNE 28:

-- "Game Time" PROSPECT SUNDAY will, of course, be entirely focused on the draft that just took place. We will have links to features from the Blues' website on the newest members of the organization, as well as any links we can dig up from other sources (team websites, scouting websites, etc.). There will also be a feature -- and, hopefully, lively discussion -- about the team's contract situation in regards to prospects; who stays, who goes, and which past draft picks are due to make their pro debuts in 2014-15.

Your "Game Time" Prospect Department sincerely hopes that all of you will enjoy the Draft Weekend festivities as much as we always do. To whet your appetite somewhat, here's a LINK to an article at NHL.com which identifies the team-by-team needs at the draft for each Central Division club. Scroll down almost to the end to see what they say about the Blues.

Also, here's another LINK to an NHL.com article which lists the all-time hits and misses for each central Division club at the draft. Your GTPD is inclined to agree with the selection of the Blues' best picks of all time in the middle and late rounds, but we question their selection of the Blues' best ever first-round pick (Our pick: Bernie Federko). Let us know what you think.