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2016 NHL Entry Draft: "Game Time" Second Seven

A first look at seven prospects that your "Game Time" Prospect Department feels should be targets for the Blues in the second round and beyond for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

The Blues tabbed Russian standout Ivan Barbashev in the second round at the 2014 Draft. Photo by
The Blues tabbed Russian standout Ivan Barbashev in the second round at the 2014 Draft. Photo by
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As anyone knows if you've been reading "Tomorrow's Blues" for any length of time, the time leading up to the annual NHL Entry Draft is your "Game Time" Prospect Department's favorite time of the year.

2016 Draft LogoAs of today, the Blues will have seven selections in the draft, to be held the weekend of June 24-25 in Buffalo. Barring any trades, the Blues will draft at 28th overall in the first round, and following any compensatory picks being awarded, will pick near the end of the second round, the end of the third round (Washington's pick from the Oshie trade), the end of the fourth, the top of the fifth (Columbus' pick from the Jordan Leopold trade), and two of the last three picks in the draft at the end of the seventh round.

The Blues acquired Pittsburgh's seventh-round pick in this draft along with Robert Bortuzzo in the Ian Cole trade, and had sent their seventh-round pick to San Jose for Konrad Abeltshauser, with the condition that the Sharks would only get the pick if Abeltshauser played "x" number of games for the Blues. Thanks to a poor showing by Abeltshauser with the Chicago Wolves, that condition was not met and the Blues will retain their seventh-round pick.

We will continue our coverage of the 2016 Entry Draft with our annual tradition of posting the "Game Time" Ssecond Seven, the seven prospects that our research and understanding of the Blues' developmental system tell us should be the most likely targets for the Blues' pick in second round this draft, and any later picks if one of these players remains on the board.

Presenting... The 2016 "St. Louis Game Time" SECOND SEVEN

Allison 27 BW ... Wade ALLISON RANKINGS CAN flag
Position Right Wing CSS Preliminary N America N/R
Shoots Right CSS Midterm N America 192
Height 6' 01.75" CSS Final N America 62
Weight 205 lbs ... ...
Born Oct. 14, 1997 Birthplace Myrtle, MB
SEASON CLUB GP GL AS PT +- PM PP SH GW
2015-16 Regular Tri-City (USHL) 56 25 22 47 + 16 46 4 2 6
2016 Playoff Tri-City (USHL) 11 9 7 16 8 4 0 1 3
2016 WJC Canada U18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
SCOUTING NOTES PLUS MINUS
Strong power forward game Overall skating needs improvement
Works best in tight spaces Slow first step, acceleration
Strong rise in rankings as season progressed Needs work on defense
PHOTO: SBNCOLLEGEHOCKEY.COM

Berglund 27 BW ... Filip BERGLUND RANKINGS SWE flag
Position Defense CSS Preliminary Europe N/R
Shoots Right CSS Midterm Europe N/R
Height 6' 03.00" CSS Final Europe 33
Weight 209 lbs ... ...
Born May 10, 1997 Birthplace Skellefteå, SWE
SEASON CLUB GP GL AS PT +- PM PP SH GW
2015-16 Regular Skellefteå Jr (SWE U20) 43 19 22 41 + 8 6 12 1 3
2016 Playoff Skellefteå Jr (SWE U20) 5 1 3 4 + 5 8 1 0 0
2016 WJC Sweden U18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
SCOUTING NOTES PLUS MINUS
Size makes him good at puck protection Lacks speed and acceleration
Great shot from point Needs to keep improving on defense
Good passing skills Could play a more physical style
PHOTO: SKELLEFTEAAIK.SE

Bjorkqvist 27 BW ... Kasper BJORKQVIST RANKINGS FIN flag
Position Right Wing CSS Preliminary Europe "C"
Shoots Left CSS Midterm Europe 35
Height 6' 01.00" CSS Final Europe 22
Weight 198 lbs ... ...
Born Jul. 10, 1997 Birthplace Espoo, FIN
SEASON CLUB GP GL AS PT +- PM PP SH GW
2015-16 Regular Blues Jr (FIN U20) 45 28 38 66 + 5 32 11 0 0
2016 Playoff Blues Jr (FIN U20) 2 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0
2016 WJC Finland U18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
SCOUTING NOTES PLUS MINUS
Trunk strength; puck protection skills Needs to improve finishing skills
Great shot from point on power play Needs to be more consistent defensively
Solid power game Improvement needed in overall skating
PHOTO: BLUES.FI/BLUES-NUORET

Dineen 27 BW ... Cam DINEEN RANKINGS USA flag
Position Defense CSS Preliminary N America "C"
Shoots Left CSS Midterm N America 117
Height 5' 11.00" CSS Final N America 39
Weight 183 lbs ... ...
Born June 19, 1998 Birthplace Toms River, NJ
SEASON CLUB GP GL AS PT +- PM PP SH GW
2015-16 Regular North Bay (OHL) 63 13 46 59 + 18 18 1 0 5
2016 Playoff North Bay (OHL) 11 0 8 8 - 4 0 0 0 0
2015 Ivan Hlinka USA U18 4 0 2 2 + 3 2 0 0 0
SCOUTING NOTES PLUS MINUS
Two-way defenseman; plays in all situations Undersized for defense position as a pro
Maintains, closes the gap on defense Needs to keep getting stronger
Excellent on-ice awareness
PHOTO: BATTALIONHOCKEY.COM

Frederic 27 BW ... Trent FREDERIC RANKINGS USA flag
Position Center CSS Preliminary N America "B"
Shoots Left CSS Midterm N America 39
Height 6' 01.75" CSS Final N America 47
Weight 203 lbs ... ...
Born Feb. 11, 1998 Birthplace St. Louis, MO
SEASON CLUB GP GL AS PT +- PM PP SH GW
2015-16 Regular USNTDP U-18 (USHL) 61 20 20 40 0 73 4 2 3
2016 Playoff USNTDP U-18 (USHL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 WJC United States U18 7 4 3 7 + 6 4 1 1 0
SCOUTING NOTES PLUS MINUS
Strong on forecheck Skill level good, not elite
Strong two-way game Footspeed needs improvement
Very good faceoff skills
PHOTO: BRIAN WEIDLER/STLOUISGAMETIME.COM

Morrison 27 BW ... Cameron MORRISON RANKINGS CAN flag
Position Left Wing CSS Preliminary N America "C"
Shoots Left CSS Midterm N America 59
Height 6' 02.25" CSS Final N America 46
Weight 205 lbs ... ...
Born Aug. 27, 1998 Birthplace Aurora, ON
SEASON CLUB GP GL AS PT +- PM PP SH GW
2015-16 Regular Youngstown (USHL) 60 34 32 66 + 38 42 3 0 8
2016 Playoff Youngstown (USHL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 WJC Canada U18 7 1 3 4 + 5 0 0 0 0
SCOUTING NOTES PLUS MINUS
Size, shot, aggressive playing style Skating needs improvement
Thinks the game at a high level Needs to shoot more
Strong defensive zone awareness
PHOTO: YOUNGSTOWNPHANTOMS.COM

Rasanen 27 BW ... Aapeli RASANEN RANKINGS FIN flag
Position Center CSS Preliminary Europe "C"
Shoots Right CSS Midterm Europe 85
Height 6' 00.00" CSS Final Europe 21
Weight 196 lbs ... ...
Born June 1, 1998 Birthplace Tampere, FIN
SEASON CLUB GP GL AS PT +- PM PP SH GW
2015-16 Regular Tappara Jr (FIN U20) 50 19 19 38 + 17 26 4 2 0
2015-16 Regular Tappara Jr (FIN U20) 3 1 0 1 - 1 0 0 0 0
2016 WJC Finland U18 7 3 6 9 + 8 12 1 1 1
SCOUTING NOTES PLUS MINUS
Hockey sense; understands the game Physical game needs improvement
Strong two-way game Needs to develop consistency
Puckhandling, playmaking skills
PHOTO: LEIJONAT.FI