Blues prospect Vince Dunn will participate in the AHL All-Star Game.
Earlier this month, two St. Louis Blues prospects were selected to participate in the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic, as Chicago Wolves winger Kenny Agostino and defenseman Brad Hunt were named to the Central Division squad. At the time, Hunt had been called up and was playing for the Blues in the NHL, though he’s since been waived and picked up by the Nashville Predators (with whom he has yet to play a game).
We’ve now reached the point where the league is no longer counting on players to get sent back down before the All-Star festivities (which take place Sunday and Monday), so Chicago Wolves defenseman Vince Dunn was named to the team to replace Hunt on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old Dunn, the Blues’ first pick in the 2015 NHL Draft at 56th overall, has made quite a statement in his first professional season. He leads active Wolves defensemen with 22 points (seven goals and 15 assists) in 40 games this season. Dunn also has a plus-11 rating, which is best among Wolves blueliners.
Dunn is the youngest member of a promising group of prospects at Chicago that has emerged in a major way this season. Center Ivan Barbashev (second round, 2014) and defenseman Jordan Schmaltz (first round, 2012) have also had breakout seasons with the Wolves and could be legitimate options for the NHL club in 2017-18.