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.)

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