10 First-Round NHL Draft Prospects Who Could Interest the St. Louis Blues

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Tage Thompson, C, University of Connecticut

6’5, 185, ranked as #20 North American skater prospect by NHL Central Scouting

With the Blues facing the possibility of losing David Backes and Kyle Brodziak this offseason, and with Alexander Steen and Patrik Berglund set to hit the free agent market after 2016-17, it’s about time that the organization increased its depth at center ice. While he hasn’t put up ridiculous offensive numbers at any level thus far, he’s got a chance to be a very good two-way center in the NHL. Once he puts on some weight, he could be the same type of intimidating presence down the middle that guys like Backes, Berglund, and Steen have been in recent years.

Thompson, who collected 14 goals and 18 assists in 36 games as a young freshman at UConn this year, seems to be one of the most unpolished of the prospects who have a chance to go in the first round, but with his combination of size and skill, he could be a very interesting player if developed correctly.

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