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Well-Stocked Blues Get Their Man

Blues feel they got exactly what they wanted at 2008 NHL Entry Draft

Monday, 06.23.2008 / 3:06 PM / St Louis Blues - Features
By Dan Rosen  - NHL.com
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Well-Stocked Blues Get Their Man
The St. Louis Blues are stacked with prospects attained in the past four drafts. This year they were trying to reload a system that could see a lot of those prospects graduating to the NHL as early as next season.
Alex Pietrangelo puts on his Blues jersey after being chosen as their first round draft pick at the NHL draft in Ottawa. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand)
OTTAWA – The St. Louis Blues are stacked with prospects attained in the past four drafts. This year they were trying to reload a system that could see a lot of those prospects graduating to the NHL as early as next season.

So, just because the Blues already felt their organizational strength was on the blue line doesn't mean they weren't going after the best player available – defenseman, forward or goalie – with the fourth overall pick Friday night.

The Blues feel they got him, and not surprisingly for this draft, it was a defenseman. Alex Pietrangelo was the guy the Blues’ staff targeted, and he's the guy they were thrilled to land.

"We look down the road and we see an Erik Johnson paired with Alex and we see the puck coming out of our zone nicely," Blues President John Davidson told reporters Friday. "We see a power play. We see a lot of good things. It was a real good pick. For us, it fit what our need was."

The Blues, also fortunate to be picking at Nos. 33 and 34, added a center and a goalie with those picks. Philip McRae, the center, went 33rd and Jake Allen went 34th. Overall the Blues had 10 picks and used three on centermen, three on defensemen and two each on goalies and right wingers.

Here is a look at St. Louis' 2008 NHL Entry Draft class:
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No. 4 Alex Pietrangelo, D, Niagara (OHL)
Pietrangelo, the sixth-ranked North American skater, led all OHL defensemen in scoring with 53 points on 13 goals and 40 assists this past season. He was an OHL All-Star and participated in the CHL Top Prospects Game.

Pietrangelo also represented Team Canada at the 2007 Ivan Hlinka Under-18 hockey tournament in the Czech Republic. He's a 6-foot-3, 211-pound defenseman who may be NHL ready next season.

No. 33 Philip McRae, C, London (OHL) – The son of former Blue Basil McRae, who just happens to work in their scouting department, is a well-rounded centerman who had 18 goals and 46 points in 66 games this past season for the London Knights. The Minnesota native led the Americans to a bronze medal at the Under-18 World Championship with three goals, three assists and a plus-4 rating.

No. 34 Jake Allen, G, St. John's (QMJHL) – The eighth-ranked North American goalie led Team Canada to the gold medal at the Under-18 World Championship with a .948 save percentage and a 1.43 GAA in seven games. He finished second among QMJHL rookie goalies with a .901 save percentage this past season.

No. 65 Jori Lehtera, C, Tappara (Finland) – The 23rd-ranked European skater by Central Scouting, Lehtera had 42 points in 54 games this past season in Finland.

No. 70 James Livingston, RW, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) – Livingston, No. 53 on Central Scouting's list of North American skaters, collected 44 points and 135 penalty minutes in 68 games for the Greyhounds this past season.

No. 87 Ian Schultz, RW, Calgary (WHL) – Schultz, No. 94 on Central Scouting's list of North American skaters, had 15 goals and 15 assists along with 128 penalty minutes in 67 games in the WHL last season.

No. 95 David Warsofsky, D, USNDTP (USA) – He's only 5-foot-8 and 160 pounds so he's a ways away from the NHL, but he had 32 points in 48 games in the USA Developmental Team Program and was ranked 81st among North American skaters.

No. 125 Kristoffer Berglund, D, Bjorkloven (Swe-2) – The 14th-ranked European skater had 25 points on four goals and 21 assists in 42 games last season in Sweden.

No. 155 Anthony Nigro, C, Guelph (OHL) – Nigro is another high-scoring forward. He notched 24 goals and 24 assists in 67 games for the Storm last season.

No. 185 Paul Karpowich, G, Wellington (OPJHL) – The 6-1, 171-pounder went 15-3-2 with three shutouts and a 2.15 GAA in the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League this past.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 60 29 19 12 162 153 70
9 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
V. Tarasenko 61 31 29 27 60
A. Steen 59 19 32 4 51
J. Schwartz 54 20 26 16 46
D. Backes 60 20 21 3 41
T. Oshie 53 17 24 12 41
K. Shattenkirk 49 8 32 18 40
P. Stastny 53 11 23 10 34
J. Lehtera 54 9 24 16 33
A. Pietrangelo 61 5 27 -3 32
P. Berglund 57 8 11 -2 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 19 9 2 .921 2.21
J. Allen 17 6 2 .905 2.50

 
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