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Blues make five selections at 2019 NHL Draft

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

VANCOUVER - The St. Louis Blues made five selections at the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

The Blues, who didn't have a first-round pick due to last summer's acquisition of Ryan O'Reilly, selected two centers, a left-winger and two goaltenders on Saturday.

2019 DRAFT SELECTIONS


Video: Alexandrov after being selected by Blues

Nikita Alexandrov - C

Round 2 (No. 62)

Alexandrov, a native of Burgwedel, Germany, has spent the last two seasons with the Charlottetown Islanders of the QMJHL. In 2017-18, he posted 13 goals and 18 assists (31 points) in 66 games. Last season, he nearly doubled his production, netting 27 goals and 34 assists (61 points) in 64 games. According to Future Considerations, Alexandrov is a "smart two-way forward with quick feet and fast speed."
 


Colten Ellis - G

Round 3 (No. 93)

Ellis, a 6-foot-1, 183-pound goaltender, played the 2018-19 season with Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL. In 46 games last season, Ellis posted a 27-15 record to go along with a 2.47 goals-against average, a .910 save-percentage and three shutouts. Ellis is a native of River Denys, Nova Scotia in Canada.

 

Keean Washkurak - C

Round 5 (No. 155)

Washkurak is a 5-foot-10, 184-pound center whose "feet are always moving and plays much bigger than his size," according to NHL Central Scouting. Washkurak was ranked No. 149 among North American skaters and has played the last two seasons with the Mississauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League. In 2018-19, he posted 16 goals and 31 assists (47 points) in 66 regular-season games.
 


Vadim Zherenko - G

Round 7 (No. 208)

The Blues traded their seventh-round pick in 2020 to the Toronto Maple Leafs to draft goaltender Vadim Zherenko at pick No. 208. Zherenko played in 19 games with MHK Dynamo Moskva in the 2018-19 season, posting a 2.29 goals-against average and a .936 save-percentage in 19 games.



Jeremy Michel - LW

Round 7 (No. 2017)

With the final pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, the Blues selected left-winger Jeremy Michel. The 18-year-old forward played in 64 games with Val-d'OR Foreurs of the QMJHL last season, posting 16 goals, 26 assists (42 points) in 64 games.

 

DRAFT NOTES

- The Blues traded their first-round pick in 2019 (No. 31 overall) to the Buffalo Sabres in the deal that brought Ryan O'Reilly to St. Louis.

- The Toronto Maple Leafs will receive the Blues' fourth-round pick (No. 124) in the deal for Nikita Soshnikov.

- The Blues' sixth-round pick (No. 186) belongs to the Anaheim Ducks due to the trade deadline deal that brought defenseman Michael Del Zotto to the Blues.

- The Blues acquired an additional draft pick in the seventh round (No. 208) from the Maple Leafs in exchange for their seventh round pick in 2020.

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