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2014 NHL Entry Draft: St. Louis Blues Select Samuel Blais at 176th Overall

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The Blues spend their second pick in the sixth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft on the small-but-skilled winger from the QMJHL... or, as blogger Francois Parenteau said in "LaPresse.ca" yesterday, "L’attaquant des Tigres de Victoriaville a été sélectionné en 6e ronde, le 176e choix au total du repêchage 2014 de la Ligue nationale."

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Yakimowicz sweaterWith the 176th pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, the St. Louis Blues are pleased to select left wing Samuel Blais of les Tigres de Victoriaville in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

A small player at 5' 9, 165 pounds, who was just an 8th-round selection by Les Tigres in the QMJHL Midget Draft barely a year ago, Blais has impressed some observers in the "Q" with his skill level. In the "LaPresse.ca" article cited above, former Victoriaville coach Yannick Jean raves about Blais' on-ice vision, calling it "incredible" and noting that "(he) is capable of making (plays) that nobody could expect to see on the ice."

Blais BW CAN flag Samuel BLAIS RANKINGS
Position Left Wing Future Considerations N/R
Shoots Left Hockey Prospect Black Book N/R
Height 5' 09.00" Int'l Scouting Services N/R
Weight 165 lbs CSS Prelim N/R
Born June 17, 1996 CSS Midterm N/R
Where Montmagny, QC CSS Final N/R
SEASON CLUB GP GL AS PT +- PM PP SH GW
2013-14 Commandeurs des Levis (QMAAA) 21 12 23 35 0 12 2 0 5
Victoriaville (QMJHL) 25 4 10 14 + 40 0 1 0 2
PLAYOFFS ... 4 0 1 1 - 1 0 0 0 0

SCOUTING REPORT
"Future Considerations" 2014 NHL Draft Guide
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"Hockey Prospect" 2014 NHL Draft Black Book
SCOUTING REPORT: Not Available.

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International Scouting Services 2014 NHL Draft Guide
Size/Strength N/R Strengths
Skating N/R N/R
Puck Skills N/R N/R
Shot N/R N/R
Offensive Play N/R Weaknesses
Defensive Play N/R N/R
Physical Play N/R N/R
Competitiveness N/R
Hockey Sense N/R
SCOUTING REPORT: Not Available.