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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
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11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Steen 68 33 29 17 62
T. Oshie 79 21 39 19 60
D. Backes 74 27 30 14 57
J. Schwartz 80 25 31 28 56
A. Pietrangelo 81 8 43 20 51
K. Shattenkirk 81 10 35 1 45
V. Tarasenko 64 21 22 20 43
D. Roy 75 9 28 -1 37
J. Bouwmeester 82 4 33 26 37
V. Sobotka 61 9 24 14 33
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 18 6 2 .922 1.96
R. Miller 25 30 4 .918 2.64

 
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