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2018 NHL Entry Draft: Blues’ Short List v.1

A first (pre-WJC) take at putting together a Short List of potential selections for the Blues in next June’s draft.

In the last several editions of the print version of “Game Time,” we have been analyzing the Blues’ developmental system and profiling players that we think could or should be targets for the ‘Note at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
Here is the list of 23 players that we have profiled in print over the last couple of weeks, broken down as follows. All players were rated as “B” players (second- or third-round picks) by NHL Central Scouting in their Preliminary “Players To Watch” rankings, except as noted.
Goaltender: 7
Defense: 6
Left Wing: 3 *
Right Wing: 4
Center: 3 **
* Includes one player listed as both LW and RW.
** Includes three players listed first a C, then secondarily as wingers.

2018 NHL Entry Draft Blues’ Short List v.1

Player, Position, 2017-18 Club (League): Height, Weight (Rating)
Player, Position, 2017-18 Club (League): Height, Weight (Rating)
Alexander Alexeyev, D, Red Deer (WHL): 6' 3, 200 lbs. (A)
Oscar Bäck, C/RW, Färjestad BK J20 (SuperElit): 6’ 2, 194 lbs.
Dominik Bokk, RW, Växjö Lakers HC (J20 Superelit): 5’ 11, 179 lbs. (C)
Xavier Bouchard, D, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL): 6' 3, 191 lbs.
Noah Dobson, D, Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL): 6' 3, 180 lbs. (A)
Ty Emberson, D, USNTDP U-18 (USHL): 6' 1, 195 lbs.
Pavel Gogolev, RW, Peterborough (OHL): 6' 0, 173 lbs.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi, C/LW, Ässät Pori (Liiga): 6’ 2, 190 lbs.
Vladislav Kotkov, LW/RW, Chicoutimi (QMJHL): 6’ 3, 198 lbs.
Anderson MacDonald, LW, Moncton (QMJHL): 6’ 2, 203lbs.
Kirill Nizhnikov, RW, Barrie (OHL): 6' 1, 190 lbs.
Mathias Emilio Pettersen, C/LW, Muskegon (USHL): 5’10, 170 lbs.
Sampo Ranta, LW, Sioux City (USHL): 6’ 1, 180 lbs. (A)
Riley Sutter, RW, Everett (WHL): 6’ 2, 201 lbs.
Jett Woo, D, Moose Jaw (WHL): 6' 0, 205 lbs. (A)
Libor Zabransky, D, Kelowna (WHL): 6' 1, 190 lbs. (C)
Justus Annunen, G, Kärpät U20 (Nuorten SM-Liiga): 6’ 4, 201 lbs.
Stephen Dhillon, G, Niagara (OHL): 6' 5, 186 lbs. (C).
Alexis Gravel, G, Halifax (QMJHL): 6' 3, 226 lbs.
Jacob Ingham, G, Mississauga (OHL): 6' 3, 181 lbs.
Kevin Mandolese, G, Cape Breton (QMJHL): 6' 3, 181 lbs.
Jakub Skarek, G, HC Dukla Jihlava (Czech): 6’ 3, 191 lbs.
Zach Stejskal, Central Illinois (USHL): 6' 3, 200 lbs. (C).