2012 NHL Entry Draft: Blues Draft Jordan Schmaltz 25th Overall

The Blues are choosing 25th overall in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, their lowest position since 2000 where they chose 30th overall.

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2012 NHL Draft Grades: St. Louis Given Mediocre Grade After Jordan Schmaltz Pick

Draft grades are usually based on speculation more than anything, especially in sports like the NHL where prospects often take a year or more in the minor systems or colleges before they head to the big league club. That said, 'reaching' for prospects will almost always earn you bad grades from analysts and the St. Louis Blues' pick of Jordan Schmaltz is one such selection.

SB Nation's NHL Draft Grades, released shortly after the final round of the second day, give the Blues a mediocre C+ grade because of the Schmaltz pick, a pick that has a lot of boom or bust potential and surprised a lot of people:

St. Louis Blues: The pick of Jordan Schmaltz is going to be heavily debated -- he might be a great all-around defenseman once he makes the NHL, or he might be a major reach who will struggle to develop. Most expected him to go much later in the draft, with ISS ranking him 45th among North American skaters. C-

Going 'off the board' has worked for a lot of teams in the past but until Jordan actually makes it to the big leagues to ply his trade, the selection by the Blues will get panned by some and questioned by many more. That's just how the NHL draft works, and the Blues are hoping that in a few years they end up having the last laugh.

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2012 NHL Draft Results: VIDEO: 2012 Blues Draft Puglist Nick Walters In Fourth Round

The Blues have never been a team of shrinking violets. From the guys that roughed up the Flyers and who inspired the Broad Street Bullies to the current team that sports a captain who isn’t afraid of playing with an edge, the Blues have always had a blue collar, hardscrabble work ethic. They drafted someone today that, if he makes the big club down the road, perfectly fits that mold.

Defenseman Nick Walters isn’t known as a scorer, despite netting 12 assists and 18 points last season in the WHL. As his hockeyfights.com fight card shows, he’ll drop the gloves. He had seven fights last season, and five fights the season before that. His last fight came on March 23rd against Jordan Messier, second cousin of Mark Messier.

The fight itself isn’t a big to-do, but Walters’ hit sure as heck is.

A quick Google search for Nick Walters returns a ton of hardscrabble fight videos. Blues fans should be pleased, but only if he has the discipline to do them when they count.

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2012 NHL Draft Results: St. Louis Blues Wrap Up Day 2, Complete Draft

The St. Louis Blues completed the 2012 NHL Draft by selecting three defensemen, two wingers, a goalie and a center during a fast-paced second day. The Blues' Day 2 haul will join first round pick Jordan Schmaltz, a 6-foot-2 American defenseman, to complete the team's 2012 draft class.

Related: 2012 NHL Draft: St. Louis Blues Select Defenseman Jordan Schmaltz With 25th Overall Pick

From St. Louis Game Time comes the complete list of Blues picks:

Rnd Pick Ovr ST LOUIS Ps Sh Ht Wt Club League From
1 25 25 .JORDAN SCHMALTZ D R 6-02 189 GREEN BAY USHL USA
2 26 56 .SAMUEL KURKER RW R 6-02 201 ST. JOHN’S PREP HS-MA USA
3 6 67 .MACKENZIE MACEACHERN LW L 6-02 180 BROTHER RICE HS HS-MI USA
3 25 86 .COLTON PARAYKO D R 6-04 195 FORT MACMURRAY AJHL CAN
4 25 116 .NICHOLAS WALTERS D L 6-02 187 EVERETT WHL CAN
5 25 146 .FRANCOIS TREMBLAY G L 6-01 193 VAL-D'OR QMJHL CAN
6 25 176 .PETTERI LINDBOHM D L 6-03 209 JOKERIT JR FIN JR FIN
7 25 206 .TYREL SEAMAN C L 6-02 196 BRANDON WHL USA

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2012 NHL Draft Results: St. Louis Blues Select Defenseman Colton Parayko In Round 3

The St. Louis Blues used their third round pick to tab defenseman Colton Parayko with the No. 86 overall selection in the 2012 NHL Draft on Saturday afternoon. Parayko is the second defenseman drafted in three picks by the Blues.

Related: 2012 NHL Draft: St. Louis Blues Select Defenseman Jordan Schmaltz With 25th Overall Pick

Parayko is a 6-foot-3, 181-pound Canadian who played last season for the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the AJHL. Parayko finished the 2011-2012 season with nine goals and three assists in 53 games. He finished with three goals and nine assists in 21 games during the playoffs.

Parayko had signed a letter of intent to play collegiality at University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

For updates on Blues draft rumors, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more comprehensive coverage, head over to Blues blog St. Louis Game Time. And for more general hockey coverage, visit SB Nation's NHL news hub.

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2012 NHL Draft: St. Louis Blues Select Forward Samuel Kurker In 2nd Round

After using their first round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft on defenseman Jordan Schmaltz, the St. Louis Blues decided to go with offense in Round 2. With the No. 56 overall selection, the Blues tabbed American right winger Samuel Kurker.

Related: 2012 NHL Draft: St. Louis Blues Select Defenseman Jordan Schmaltz With 25th Overall Pick

The 6-foot-2, 201-pound Kurker hails from Boston and played at St. John's Prep last season. Kurker finished the 2011-2012 season with 32 goals and 28 assists in 24 games. In 2010-2011, Kurker scored 37 points in 25 games with 20 goals.

Kurker, who was born in 1994, also competed on the USA's U-18 team last season, playing two games and only garnering two penalty minutes.

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NHL Draft Day 2 2012: Time, TV Coverage, Results And More

The St. Louis Blues started off their 2012 NHL Draft class by selecting Wisconsin native and University of North Dakota-bound forward Jordan Schmaltz. But he's only the tip of the iceberg, as the team's front office will pick six times on Saturday afternoon to round out the draft.

The team's picks on Saturday all fall at either No. 25 or No. 26 in every round between the second round and the seventh. Schmaltz was one of six Americans drafted on Friday night, with three of those players— Henrik Samulesson, Bradley Skjei and Stefan Matteau— being picked after the Blues took at No. 25 overall.

Date/time: Saturday, June 23; 9 a.m. CT

TV: NHL Network

Radio: Sirius XM Radio

For updates on Blues draft rumors, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more comprehensive coverage, head over to Blues blog St. Louis Game Time. And for more general hockey coverage, visit SB Nation's NHL news hub.


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2012 NHL Draft: VIDEO Jordan Schmaltz: Meet The Newest Blue

TheScore.com gets to the bottom of it all… does Jordan Schmaltz like Rocky or Star Wars more? The answer may shock you.

Schmaltz also lead his team, the Green Bay Gamblers, to the USHL Clark Cup championship this past May. I’m going out on a limb and will wager a guess that the frosted tips were a team thing, not necessarily an attempt to follow in another member of the Blues’ footsteps.

Finally, this overtime goal is something that the Blues and their fans would love to see more of from the blueline. In a few years, maybe Schmaltz can deliver.

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2012 NHL Draft: St. Louis Blues Select Defenseman Jordan Schmaltz With 25th Overall Pick

Jordan Schmaltz was projected at 38th overall by Central Scouting and TSN, and the Blues gave him a bit of a bump by drafting him 25th overall. The big kid from Wisconsin will be attending the University of North Dakota next season.

He’s 6’2", 189 lbs, so he’ll be a project for the Blues. Luckily the Blues have decent depth at defense and have the time to bide as the youngster adds weight along with experience. He’s not going to be oversized or huge on the blue line, but since his strength is scoring size might not matter quite so much. He was second in the USHL in points, scoring 41 points in 55 games (10-31-41).

There might be some reconditioning needed for Schmaltz, however. Mental reconditioning. According to NHL.com’s draft prospect card, his favorite team is the Chicago Blackhawks and his favorite player is Patrick Kane. Cognitive dissonance is a bear.

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2012 NHL Draft: Blues Have Great Success With Higher Draft Picks

You wouldn’t believe it if you weren’t a fan of the Blues, or didn’t keep up with NHL draft orders, but T.J. Oshie was 24th overall pick in 2005. The next season, Patrik Berglund was a 25th overall pick. How about 2007? David Perron went 26th overall.

The Blues have had a very strong draft history over the past decade or so, and it continues. It’s no shock that one of their 2010 first round draft picks, Vladimir Tarasenko, will be playing with the big club next season and their other 2010 pick, Jaden Schwartz, will be challenging for a slot. Later first round draft picks, however, are usually seen as a crapshoot, maybe as non-immediate decent players. Perron, Berglund, and Oshie weren’t immediate players, but they’re well beyond decent, as the St. Louis Post Dispatch points out. So regardless of if they choose Dalton Thrower or if they pick Pontus Aberg, keep in mind that the team has a very good chance at choosing a player who will be contributing in just a few seasons.

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2012 NHL Mock Draft: St. Louis Blues Pick Dalton Thrower In TSN Projection

The St. Louis Blues hold the No. 25 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, so the team will be closely watching who comes off the board early during the first round on Friday, June 22 at 6 p.m. CT. After an unceremonious exit in the NHL Playoffs at the hands of the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, the Blues will be looking to add depth for their next postseason run in 2012-13.


Related: SB Nation NHL Draft coverage

With pick No. 25 in the 2012 NHL Mock Draft on the Chicago Tribune (which reproduces a mock draft from The Sports Network in Canada (TSN)), the St. Louis Blues select Dalton Thrower, a defenseman from the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League.

Notes: After posting six goals and 20 points in 68 games for Saskatoon of the WHL in 2010-11, this high-rising defenseman broke out with 18 goals and 54 points in 66 games for the Blades last season. Scouts say he plays a strong two-way game and the only real weakness in his game is his lack of size.

For updates on Blues draft rumors, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more comprehensive coverage, head over to Blues blog St. Louis Game Time. And for more general hockey coverage, visit SB Nation's NHL news hub.

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NHL Draft 2012: Time, TV Coverage, Results And More

The 2012 NHL Draft gets underway on Friday evening at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., and the St. Louis Blues have to wait until the night is nearly over when they pick at No. 25. The mock drafts surrounding the Blues have them looking at Pontus Aberg out of Sweden or Tomas Hertl from the Czech Republic.


Related: SB Nation NHL Draft coverage

Date/time: Friday, June 22; 7 p.m. ET

TV: NBC Sports Network

Radio: Sirius XM Radio

First round order:

1. Edmonton Oilers
2. Columbus Blue Jackets
3. Montreal Canadiens
4. New York Islanders
5. Toronto Maple Leafs
6. Anaheim Ducks
7. Minnesota Wild
8. Carolina Hurricanes
9. Winnipeg Jets
10. Tampa Bay Lightning
11. Washington Capitals (from Colorado Avalanche)
12. Buffalo Sabres
13. Dallas Stars
14. Calgary Flames
15. Ottawa Senators
16. Washington Capitals
17. San Jose Sharks
18. Chicago Blackhawks
19. Tampa Bay Lightning (from Detroit Red Wings)
20. Philadelphia Flyers
21. Buffalo Sabres (from Nashville Predators)
22. Pittsburgh Penguins
23. Florida Panthers
24. Boston Bruins
25. St. Louis Blues
26. Vancouver Canucks
27. Phoenix Coyotes
28. New York Rangers
29. New Jersey Devils
30. Los Angeles Kings

For updates on Blues draft rumors, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more comprehensive coverage, head over to Blues blog St. Louis Game Time. And for more general hockey coverage, visit SB Nation's NHL news hub.

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NHL Mock Draft 2012: Blues Projected To Take Pontus Aberg At No. 25

The 2012 NHL Draft begins this Friday and with the date fast approaching there are more mock drafts trying to do their best at projecting who teams will be taking. Sports Illustrated's Allan Muir has put out his latest mock draft, and he has the St. Louis Blues looking to select Pontus Aberg out of Sweden:

Aberg might be a reach at this spot, but the Blues have never been risk-averse. A finalist for rookie of the year in the Elitserien, he's regarded as a high upside offensive player. If you hate players who refuse to shoot the puck, you'll love this kid. He might take some criticism for being selfish, but he can, and will, fire it at the net, which could net him 25-30 goals a season. That said, offense is his one trick. Think of him in terms of Fabian Brunnstrom. Great talent, but if he's not scoring consistently as a top-six forward, there's not much else he can do for you.

This past season with Djurgårdens IF Aberg appeared in 47 games and had eight goals plus seven assists.

For updates on Blues draft rumors, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more comprehensive coverage, head over to Blues blog St. Louis Game Time. And for more general hockey coverage, visit SB Nation's NHL news hub.

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NHL Mock Draft 2012: Blues Could Target C Tomas Hertl

The 2012 NHL Draft gets underway on Friday night and the St. Louis Blues have the No. 25 overall selection. In his latest mock draft for NHL.com, Steven Hoffner has the Blues going with forward Tomas Hertl in that spot. Here's a quick word about Hertl from Hoffner:

Offensive threat will help Blues put pucks in the net

Related: 2012 NHL Entry Draft: Blues Pick 25th Overall Friday Night

And here is what Red Wings Director of Player Development Jiri Fischer has to say about him:

"Tomas has had a fantastic season thus far. Actually, last year he was the top scorer in the Czech Junior League. This year he’s the top scoring junior player in the Czech Extraliga. In fact, he had just as many points as all other junior players combined at one point before sustaining a shoulder injury. At this tournament, in the tough games where the team was losing focus here and there, he continued to do all the little things well. He’s strong on the puck down low and certainly his skill level and his size; the way he can withstand contact and still hold onto the puck and make plays is impressive. He sees the ice so well. I’m really excited about his future."

(Via The Score.)

For updates on Blues draft rumors, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more comprehensive coverage, head over to Blues blog St. Louis Game Time. And for more general hockey coverage, visit SB Nation's NHL news hub.

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2012 NHL Entry Draft: Blues Pick 25th Overall Friday Night

The Blues are choosing 25th overall in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, their lowest position since 2000 where they chose 30th overall.

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