If the quarterfinals loss still stings for you, this news isn’t going to help. According to Hockey Propectus’s Corey Pronman, the St. Louis Blues have the worse farm system in the NHL. Here is the section of the article about the Blues:
30. St. Louis Blues
St. Louis entered the year with a top-heavy system, and thus, graduating Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz is a big blow to their ranking. Ty Rattie and Dmitrij Jaskin are very good, young players, but it falls off here after that. Jordan Schmaltz and Tommy Vanneli, among a few others, could be interesting in a few years, but right now, the Blues’ system is very thin.
Now this is one man’s opinion but Corey Pronman is a respected voice in the hockey world. The St. Louis Blues farm system is thin. That’s because many of the top prospects are now playing at the NHL level. This puts pressure on the Blues to replenish the system and get more top end prospects. If these young players don’t meet expectations, it could be more playoff droughts in the future. Let’s hope they do perform up to expectations.