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Blues Select Liam Dunda At 176th Overall

With the 176th selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the St. Louis Blues are pleased to select, from the Owen Sound Attack of the OHL, left wing Liam Dunda.

The Blues went for size and toughness with their last pick of the 2015 Draft. Photo by
The Blues went for size and toughness with their last pick of the 2015 Draft. Photo by
Terry Wilson / OHL Images

♪♪♪♪♪ ... Dunda's profile at the Ontario League website (OHL.com)

With the 176th pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the St. Louis Blues select left wing LIAM DUNDA of the Owen Sound Attack in the Ontario Hockey League.

Dunda sweaterDunda is a hulking kid at over 6' 4 and 212 pounds, and one who was selected by the Blues despite not being ranked by Central Scouting in either the Preliminary, Midterm, or Final rankings.

The Hockey Prospect.com "Black Book" scouting report on Dunda describes him as a player with "massive size," and one who "played a game that is very well suited to his body as a physically intimidating player. He hit hard and punished opponents whenever possible."

The "Black Book" goes on to say that Dunda "is pretty limited (offensively). He has a decent shot and even showed a few flashes of playmaking ability late in the season but all in all Liam’s upside is his potential as a simple hard nosed physical player who isn't afraid to drop the gloves either." Dunda was the youngest player eligible for the 2015 Draft, born on the cutoff day of Sep. 15, 1997... a day later and he would not have been eligible until next year's Draft.

In an interview posted on blues.nhl.com, Director of Amateur Scouting Bill Armstrong had these comments about Dunda:

"He’s an exciting kid. Our scouts were at the end of the table pounding (on it), wanting us to take this guy, They feel he’s really raw, but he’s another big guy that can skate. He’s had a little (issue with) consistency where we’d like to see him play a little bit tougher all the time, but he can fight and he’s got the ability to get there for the hit. One of our scouts drafted him (in the OHL Priority Selection), so we’ve got some good insight, and there’s more (to come) from him. A lot of the guys said that he reminded them of (Sabres’ veteran forward) Matt Moulson, so he’s an intriguing player, too."

Dunda BW 176. Liam DUNDA RANKINGS CAN flag
Position Left Wing Future Considerations N/R
Shoots Left Hockey Prospect Black Book N/R
Height 6' 04.25" ... ...
Weight 212 lbs CSS Preliminary N America N/R
Born Sep. 15, 1997 CSS Midterm N/R N America
Where Grimsby, Obntario CSS Final N/R N America
SEASON CLUB GP GL AS PT +- PM PP SH GW
2014-15 Plymouth (OHL) 21 2 3 5 - 4 22 1 0 0
Owen Sound (OHL) 32 0 4 4 - 2 36 0 0 0
... Playoffs 5 0 1 1 - 1 2 0 0 0
2013-14 Plymouth (OHL) 50 1 3 4 -11 56 0 0 0
... Playoffs 5 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0