Three weeks ago, your "Game Time" Prospect Department ran a poll in which we asked what the Blues' fanbase thought should be the most important consideration when ranking prospects.
Several hundred of you responded -- the biggest response yet to a GTPD poll -- and the overwhelming choice was that raw talent should be the determining factor in ranking the Blues' top prospects. So, without further ado, we're going to get started on that ranking process immediately.
To help you, the reader, determine which prospects are the most talented, we have prepared a chart listing all of the players on the Blues' current Reserve List, their vitals (height, weight, etc.), draft information, and their regular-season stats from the 2015-16 season.
To open the Microsoft OneDrive Excel spreadsheet:
-- Hover over the icon at the far right end of the dark grey bar below the worksheet.
-- It should read "View full-size workbook."
-- Click on the icon.
In the poll below, we've listed ten prospects that we think should be in consideration for the Blues' Top Ten. What we're asking you, the reader, to do is to pick your choice for the club's top prospect by voting for that player in the poll.
The five players receiving the most votes by the end of the voting period (Aug. 13) will be ranked as the Blues' "Fab Five" for the 2016-17 season, and we will continue selecting five players at a time, every two weeks, until we have established the team's Top Twenty prospects.
One more thing that folks may want to take into consideration when ranking the prospects, is that the Blues will have more than the usual one or two players turning pro this year and making their AHL debuts. There are currently seven prospects who project to be with the Wolves' rookie class when training camp opens, and there are one or two other players who could still be signed before September as well.
Goaltender Ville Husso, who has been one of your GTPD's most highly-thought-of prospects since he was tabbed by the Blues at 94th overall in the 2014 Draft, will be competing with young vets Jordan Binnington and Pheonix Copley for ice time in Rosemont this winter... and Husso is just the tip of the iceberg where rookie pros are concerned this year.
A pair of recent free agent signings -- defenseman Dmitrii Sergeev and center Justin Selman -- will be among the Wolves' rookie class this winter. Selman actually finished last season with the Wolves after signing as a free agent from Red Berenson's University of Michigan Wolverines program, while Sergeev has wrapped up a productive junior career with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL, having also found time to skate for Mother Russia in several international tournaments during that time, including last year's U-20 World Junior Championships.
One other college player from Michigan -- Michigan State left wing Mackenzie Maceachern -- will also be making his pro debut this year in a Wolves' sweater, as will several drafted junior players. In alphabetical order, those players are: Samuel Blais (LW / Charlottetown, QMJHL), Connor Bleackley (C / Red Deer, WHL), and Vince Dunn (D / Niagara, OHL).