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Blues make six selections at 2017 NHL Draft

by St. Louis Blues / Press Release

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Blues made six selections overall at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, including forwards Robert Thomas (20th), Klim Kostin (31st), and Alexey Toropchenko (113th), as well as defensemen David Noel (130th), Trenton Bourque (175th), and Anton Andersson (206th).

The Blues also made two trades late in the first round on Friday.

Brayden Schenn was acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Jori Lehtera, pick No. 27 in the 2017 Draft and a conditional pick in 2018. In addition, the Blues re-acquired a first-round pick from the Pittsburgh Penguins and added center Oskar Sundqvist in exchange for Ryan Reaves and their second-round pick (No. 51 overall) in this year's draft.

Thomas, 17, played his second season with the Ontario Hockey League's (OHL) London Knights in 2016-17. The 6'0, 188-pound forward ranked third on the club with 66 points (16 goals, 50 assists) in 66 regular season games. Thomas also appeared in 14 postseason games, ranking second on the team with 12 points (three goals, nine assists). In 2015-16, his OHL rookie campaign, Thomas logged 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 40 regular season games and five points (one goal, four assists) in 15 postseason games, helping the Knights win both the OHL Championship and the CHL Memorial Cup. Internationally, the Aurora, Ontario, native led Team Canada White to the gold medal at the 2015 World U-17 Hockey Challenge. Thomas was ranked 22nd among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

Video: Bill Armstrong after the draft

Kostin, 18, spent 2016-17 playing professionally in Russia, including an eight-game stint with the Kontinental Hockey League's (KHL) Dynamo Moskva. In 2015-16, the 6'3, 196-pound forward tallied 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in 30 games with HK MVD Balashikha. The Penza, Russia, native also captained Team Russia at both the 2015 World U-17 Hockey Challenge and the 2016 U-18 World Junior Championships. At the 2015 Hockey Challenge, Kostin posted five points (two goals, three assists) in six tournament games, leading Russia to the silver medal. Kostin was ranked first among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

Toropchenko, 17, spent the majority of the 2016-17 season as an assistant captain with HK MVD Balashikha in Russia's junior league. The 6'3, 187-pound forward collected 31 points (19 goals, 12 assists) and 50 penalty minutes in 45 regular season games, earning a selection to the league's All-Star Game. The Moscow, Russia, native also posted two assists in seven games with Team Russia at the 2017 U-18 World Junior Championships, helping the club earn the bronze medal. In 2015-16, Toropchenko recorded 24 points (13 goals, 11 assists) in 30 regular season games with Dynamo Moscow's U-17 club. He was also a teammate of Kostin on HK MVD Balashikha, tallying three points (one goal, two assists) in 21 regular season games. Toropchenko was ranked 21st among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

Noel, 18, split last season between Chicoutimi and Val-d'Or of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The 6'1, 172-pound defenseman tallied 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) and six penalty minutes in 29 regular season games with Val-d'Or, as well as 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) and 23 penalty minutes in 36 regular season games with Chicoutimi. Noel also made 10 playoff appearances with Val-d'Or, recording eight points (two goals, six assists). Internationally, the Quebec native represented Canada at the 2017 U-18 World Junior Championships, dressing in four tournament games. Noel was ranked 136th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

Bourque, 19, dressed in 67 games with the OHL's Owen Sound Attack last season, tallying 11 assists and 36 penalty minutes. The 6'2, 201-pound defenseman also appeared in 17 postseason games, recording two assists and 10 penalty minutes. The Burlington, Ontario, native has spent the past three seasons in the OHL, including stints with Owen Sound and the Sudbury Wolves. Overall, Bourque has accumulated 20 assists and 78 penalty minutes in 153 career OHL regular season games. He was ranked 154th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

Andersson, 18, split last season between Lulea's U-20 and U-18 clubs in the Swedish junior leagues. The 6'4, 216-pound defenseman posted three points (two goals, one assist) in 13 games with the U-20 team, as well as 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in 19 games with the U-18 club. In 2015-16, Andersson dressed in 24 games with the U-18 team, recording12 points (four goals, eight assists).

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