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Top-5 Realistic 1st Round Draft Options For Blues

The Blues have the 29th pick in the 2018 Draft, which begins this Friday at 7:30 p.m.

June 20, 2018 - 12:24 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis Blues lost its first round draft pick with the acquisition of Brayden Schenn from the Philadelphia Flyers, but gained one back with the trade of Paul Stastny to the Winnipeg Jets near the end of last season.

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So, the Blues hold the 29th pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and one of these five players could be the named that's called: 

Alexander Alexeyev

The 18-year-old defenseman is ranked 22nd among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. A product of St. Petersburg, Russia, he stands 6-foot 3-inches and weights 200-pounds.

"One of the most effective and dependable import blueliners in the Western Hockey League, he’s eligible for selection in the 2018 NHL Draft and boasts a very balanced skill-set," says TheHockeyWriters.com

Liam Foudy

The 18-year-old is ranked No. 19 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters and no player's stock is growing faster. Halfway through last year he wasn't even inside the top-90 in that same ranking. The 6-foot, 179-pound forward is also one of the most athletic prospects in this year's draft, as he won nearly every jumping competition at the NHL Draft Combine:

"Maybe the best “athlete” in the draft. Dad won a Grey Cup, mom won a silver at the Olympics and Liam is now starting to show people how dynamic a player he is," says SportsNet's Jeff Marek.

Ryan McLeod

He is considered one of the better passers and possibly the fastest skater in the draft. The 18-year-old center won 54.3 percent of his face-offs in the Ontario Hockey League last year and is ranked as the 16th best prospect in North America, according to NHL Central Scouting

Akil Thomas

The 5-foot 11-inch forward led all draft-eligible OHL players with 81 points (22 goals, 59 assists) in 68 games last season. Although currently ranked No. 15 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting, he was as high as No. 10 overall at times last year. Thomas was part of Canada’s team at the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship contributing a goal and an assist in four games. And intersingly, he owns a clothing line, Zale Apparel.

Dominik Bokk

The 18-year-old Schweinfurt, Germany native scored 71 points in 41 games in Germany's developmental league and quickly moved to Sweden to play 15 games in that country's top league. He accounted for 11 points (five goals, six assists) in eight playoff games to help the Vaxjo Lakers win its league championship. Many hockey writers are calling him a high-risk, high-reward prospect who would probably need another year or two in Europe before coming to play in North America.