The NHL season got underway this past week, and the Blues are off to an impressive 3-0 start, and many of the Blues top prospects are off to good starts as well. Most junior leagues have been going for a few weeks now, so lets take a look at how some of the future Blues are doing.
2016 1st round draft pick Tage Thompson has wasted no time getting on the score sheet. In 4 games, he has picked up 4 goals and 2 assists for the UCONN Huskies this year. He is boasting a +5 rating as well, which so far is an improvement over last season’s -14. Defensive game was seen as one of Tage’s weaknesses but so far it looks like he has worked hard to improve that. He’s got an NHL shot, and I expect a big season from him this year.
Jordan Kyrou, the Blues 2nd round pick from 2016, is also off to an impressive start. In 8 games for the Sarnia Sting this year, he has picked up 2 goals and 11 assists. The speedy play maker looks very much improved from last year. He is learning how to use his speed to create separation and make plays. Definitely a guy to keep an eye on throughout the year.
Jake Walman is also off to a good start after suffering a season ending injury last year that brought his impressive sophomore campaign to a end. In 3 games playing for the Providence Friars, the defenseman has collected 2 assists and is a +1.
Another Blues prospect excelling at the NCAA level is Austin Poganski. The power forward playing for the University of North Dakota has collected 2 goals and 1 assist in 3 game so far this season. I think Poganski has the potential to surprise a lot of people this year, and so far he is off to a good start.
2015 4th round pick Glenn Gawdin is off the best start of his young career. The forward has collected 6 goals and 4 assists in 10 games this season. Fellow 2015 4th round pick Adam Musil is off to a bit of a slower start, the center has just 1 goals and 4 assists in 8 games.
Going back to the NCAA, 2016 5th round pick Nolan Stevens has 2 goals and 1 assist for the Northeastern Huskies. Liam Dunda, a 6th round pick in 2015, has 1 goal and 4 assists in 7 games for the Sudbury Wolves. Goalie Evan Fitzpatrick has 2 wins and 5 losses in 7 games so far this season, holding a save % of .911 and a GAA of 2.83.
The Chicago Wolves are only 2 games into the season, but defenseman Vince Dunn has collected a goal and an assist in just 1 game played. Ivan Barbashev has a 1 goal in 2 games played. Ville Husso had a rough first start, allowing 4 goals on 30 shots. Jordan Binnington fared better, allowing 2 goals on 33 shots. I will have more for you next week, but until then everyone have a good week!