MONTREAL – The St. Louis Blues today selected five players in the second day of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
The club selected defenseman Brett Ponich
in the second round, 48th overall, forward Sergei Andronov
in the third round, 78th overall, forward Tyler Shattock
in the fourth round, 108th overall, defenseman David Shields
in the sixth round, 168th overall and forward Maxwell Tardy
in the seventh round, 202nd overall.
Ponich, 18, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, played in 72 games this past season with the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL). The 6-7, 204-pound defenseman posted 18 points (one goal, 17 assists) along with 117 penalty minutes.
Andronov, 19, a native of Moscow, Russia, played in 47 games this past season with Togliatti in the Russian League, registering 12 points (eight goals, four assists) along with 22 penalty minutes. The 6-0, 183-pound forward was ranked 24th among European players by NHL Central Scouting.
Shattock, 18, a native of Vernon, British Columbia, played in 68 games this past season with the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL. The 6-3, 200-pound forward posted 69 points (30 goals, 39 assists) along with 82 penalty minutes.
Shields, 18, a native of Rochester, New York, played in 61 games this past season for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). The 6-3, 216-pound defenseman recorded 17 points (one goal, 16 assists) and 28 penalty minutes.
The Blues traded their seventh round draft choice in 2010 to Nashville in exchange for a seventh round draft choice in 2009. With the seventh round pick, the Blues picked Tardy, 18, native of Duluth, Minnesota.
The 6-0, 168-pound forward played in 25 games for Duluth East High School in Minnesota, notching 48 points (28 goals, 20 assists) and 20 penalty minutes.
In round one, the Blues selected David Rundblad with the 17th overall pick. Rundblad, 18, a native of Lycksele, Sweden, competed in the Swedish Elite League for Skellefteå in 2008-09. As a 17 year old rookie he held his own on the blue line recording 10 assists (0-10-10) in 45 games. He spent 10 games with the junior team this season, showing his offensive side, contributing 15 points (8-7-15).