St. Louis Blues Top Prospects For a Solid Future

The St. Louis Blues just won a Stanley Cup Title back in 2019 in seven games against the Boston Bruins. St. Louis has had a lot of homegrown players throughout the years. The Blues aren’t particularly young, but they have a bright future ahead of them because they continue to draft well.

St. Louis is coached by Craig Berube. Doug Armstrong is the current general manager for the St. Louis Blues. They always have good scouts within the organization. One of the key players that have been through the farm system has been goaltender Jordan Binnington.

He was the goalie during the 2019 Stanley Cup Title run. Binnington was one of the main reasons why they won it all for the first time in franchise history. Backup goaltender Ville Husso has also been in the St. Louis Blues farm system and also defenseman Vince Dunn.

The St. Louis Blues are currently in fourth place in the Western Division with a 14-9-5 record with 33 points so far this season. Who are some of St. Louis’s top prospects?

Scott Perunovich

Perunovich is a left-handed defenseman, who is 22 years old. He was the 45th overall pick (second-round selection) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Scott Perunovich is currently in his third collegiate season with the University of Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA, NCHC).

With Alex Pietrangelo gone on the backend and with Torey Krug stepping up, Scott Perunovich could be a top defenseman for the St. Louis Blues for the next decade. He can be a power-play specialist.

Perunovich is the heartbeat of the University of Minnesota-Duluth hockey team. He is going to be great when he reaches the pros.

Scott Perunovich has played in 34 games so far this season. He has scored six goals and has recorded 34 assists. His plus/minus is 18. Perunovich could report to the Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL) by the end of the season.

Joel Hofer

Hofer is 20 years old and was selected in the fourth-round (107th overall pick) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Joel Hofer is another goalie that the St. Louis Blues organization has to offer. They are very good at drafting goalies for some apparent reason.

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You can never have enough goalies in hockey. The same goes for pitchers in baseball also. Hofer is currently in the AHL with the Springfield Thunderbirds, but he has yet to play for them this season.

In the 2019-2020 season, Joel Hoefer played for the Portland Winterhawks in the WHL. In 48 games with them, his record was 34-8-9 with a .915 save percentage and a 2.49 GAA, along with four shutouts.

Hoefer will need to get some game reps in the AHL before even being considered being called up by the St. Louis Blues.

Nikita Alexandrov

Alexandrov is a 20-year old centerman, who shoots left-handed. He was a second-round pick (62nd overall selection) in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Nikita Alexandrov is currently playing in the Sm-liiga league with the KooKoo Kouvola after playing the last three seasons in the QMJHL with the Charlottetown Islanders.

In 20 games played so far this season in the Sm-liiga league, he has scored two goals and has recorded five assists. His plus/minus is -6. Alexandrov does need to work on his defensive game a little bit.

He has the potential to be a sniper in the NHL. Berube wants his players to play an efficient two-way game though. Nikita Alexandrov could be the next Vladimir Tarasenko within the St. Louis Blues organization. The St. Louis Blues should have no issue being good down the line because they draft really well though.

What do you think of the St. Louis Blues’ top prospects within the organization? Leave a comment below.

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