The St. Louis Blues selected eight total players in
the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minnesota, including second
round picks, 32nd overall selection Ty Rattie, 41st overall
selection Dmitrij Jaskin and 46th overall selection Joel
Edmundson. The Blues selected five additional players which included Jordan
Binnington (third round, 88th overall), Yannick
Veilleux (fourth round, 102nd overall), Niklas
Lundstrom (fifth round, 132nd overall), Ryan
Tesink (sixth round, 162nd overall) and Teemu
Eronen(seventh round, 192nd overall).
Rattie, 18, had 22 points (nine goals, 13
assists) in 16 games and helped Portlandmake it to the Western Hockey
League (WHL) Championship. During the regular season, the 5’11”, 163-pound
forward was second on the team with 12 powerplay goals and fourth with 79
points (28 goals, 51 assists), helping the Winterhawks finish atop the Western
Conference for the first time since 2001. The Calgary, Alberta native
was ranked 17thamong North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.
Jaskin, 18, played in 33 games with Slavia Praha in
the Czech League this past season, recording 10 points (three goals, seven
assists) along with 16 penalty minutes. The 6’1”, 196-pound forward, who
is Russian born, moved to the Czech Republicwhen he was eight months old,
competed at the 2011 Under-18 World Championship for the Czech Republic,
scoring a team-high four goals in six games. Jaskin was ranked 5thoverall
among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting.
Edmundson, 17, played in 71 games with the Moose
Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this past season,
recording 20 points (two goals, 18 assists), a plus-three rating and 95 penalty
minutes. Competing in his first WHL season, the 6’4”, 191-pound
defenseman won the hardest shot competition for Moose Jaw, registering at
98 mph. A native of Brandon, Manitoba, Edmundson was ranked 33rd overall
among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.
Binnington, 17, was named the Most Outstanding
Goaltender of the 2011 Memorial Cup, posting a 1-2 record with a
tournament-best goals-against-average of 1.42 and save percentage of .951. He
also posted the only shutout of the tournament with 29 saves as part of a 5-0
win over the Kootenay Ice. The 6’1”,
156-pound goaltender was the third goalie to appear in the Ontario Hockey
League (OHL) championship for Owen Sound; he stole two games for the
Attack posting a goals-against-average of 1.94 and a .943 save percentage.
Facing elimination in the series, he made 41 saves in game six, including 14 in
the third period and 25 saves in the 3-2 game seven overtime win.
Binnington had a 27-12-1-4 record in 46 games with one shutout in 2010-11,
posting a 3.05 goals-against-average and a .899 save percentage. The Richmond
Hill, Ontario native ranked third among North American goaltenders by
NHL Central Scouting.
Veilleux, 18, played last season with Shawinigan of
the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), registering 48 points (19 goals,
29 assists) along with 40 penalty minutes. The 6’2”, 190-pound forward
and native of Saint-Hippolyte,Quebec, was ranked 130th among
North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.
Lundstrom, 18, a 6’2”, 187-pound goaltender, played
last season with Aik Jr., in the Swedish Junior League. He appeared in 22
games, posting one shutout, 3.05 goals against average and .890 save
percentage. The Varmdo,Sweden native was ranked eighth overall among
European goaltenders by NHL Central Scouting.
Tesink, 18, a 5’11”, 157-pound forward, played last
season with Saint Johnof the QMJHL and helped the team capture the
Memorial Cup. He led all Saint John rookies in scoring with 35
points (eight goals, 27 assists) in 59 games helping the Sea Dogs tie a league
record for most wins in a season with 58 and go undefeated at home in
regulation (32-0-1-1). In Game 4 of the QMJHL championship series against Gatineau,
he ended the longest game in the history of the President’s Cup Final,
connecting 19:16 into the second overtime. TheSaint John, New
Brunswick native was ranked 47th overall among North
American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.
Eronen, 20, a 5’11”,
180-pound defenseman and native of Vantaa, Finlandplayed last season
with Jokerit in the Finish Elite League. He recorded 13 points (two
goals, 11 assists) along with 24 penalty minutes in 48 games played.