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Blues Draft Tage Thompson With 26th Overall Pick

The Blues snag the UConn centerman.

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The Blues need depth at center, and they added to that today with the selection of Tage Thompson 26th overall.

Brian will have more on this pick later on tonight. For now, here's what SBN College Hockey has to say about the 6/5, 185 lb forward:

"Tage has really matured as a hockey player. He's become more physical. He's stronger on the puck. He has a great shot," said UConn coach Mike Cavanaugh before the Hockey East Tournament.

"Strength and the speed at what I play at," said Thompson of the biggest improvements he made in his rookie season. "My main focus was moving the puck quicker, making faster decisions and winning puck battles."

Thompson, who stands at six-foot-five, is a big presence on the ice and scores a lot of his goals from down low. He was able to use his size to generate time and space, especially on the power play. His 13 goals on the man advantage led the country by three.

Thompson was rated 20th overall by NHL CSS.