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Blues Training Camp and Prospect Notes

With the Traverse City prospect tournament over and NHL training camps starting here are a few notes on a few Blues prospects. 

 

Some goalie notes.... 

Pronman came out with a list of of the top 28 goalie prospects heading into the 2019-20 season.  The top goalie on the list was Thatcher Demko an NEFHL senators prospect.  The 2nd goalie on the list is Spencer Knight, the top goalie taken in this years NHL draft and owned by the NEFHL Knights.   The 3rd prospect on the list and the most intersting for Blues fans is none other then Igor Shestorkin of the NHL Rangers. A slightly undersized goalie at only 6-foot-1, Shestorkin is the heir apparent in New York and quite possibly the NEFHL Blues as well.   Look for the young Russian to start in the AHL this year.   The 2nd Blues prospect in the top 28 is Erik Portillo of the NHL Sabre's who's looking like a late 5th round steal.   Portillo is the opposite of Shestorkin in that he's absolutely massive at 6'6.   After having a great season in Sweden last year, Portillo will start the season in USHL.

 

Bracco and Benson, Benson and Bracco.... 

In Pronman's top 124 NHL prospects for the 2019-20 season which focused skater rather then goalies the Blues managed to land 2 prospects.. none other then Benson and Bracco who coincidently finished numbers 84 (Benson) and 85 (Bracco).    Following the news coming out of Edmonton who didn't participate in the Traverse City rookie tournament, Benson had a so so showing in a couple friendly games vs the Flames Rookies.   After having a stand out year in the AHL last year and Benson's parent club the oilers projected to have an opening or 2 in thier top 6 for offensive minded wingers, many are projecting Benson to start the year playing for the Oil.   He has NHL level vision and has apparently worked on his skating over the summer.  Bracco, who also had a great year in the AHL last year, finishing 2nd in league scoring, has found himself on a line with Tavares and Kappenan in the early going of the leafs training camp.    If Marner fails to sign with the leafs the young leafs/blues prospect could find himself in a very nice position come opening night.  The possiblity of two of the Bues prospects starting beside 2 of the greatest centers in the game is appealing to say the least. 

 

More on the Traverse City Tournament and the Leafs/Blues prospects...

The NEFHL Blues and the NHL Leafs had 3 players in common at the Traverse City rookie tourney.  The cream of the crop was Mac Hollowell who accordingly to the Atheletic's Wheeler, looked great.  Although he was held off teh score sheet, he controlled the puck and skated well.  Hollowell will start the season for the Marlies and will be looking to play a prominent rolll.

Another prospect in Traverse was Jesper Lindgren.  Unfortunatley, according to Wheeler, Lindgren just hasn't added enough to his game over the years and no longer projects as an NHL prospect.   That's disapointing for sure.  In a simliar but not quite as bad light, Wheeler said the blues 2018 6th round pick Filip Kral also failed to show much although he did have a couple flashes of high end skill.  

That's it for now folks.  I'll try to find some news on other Blues prospects and report back soon.