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Blues trade up to select Bokk at No. 25

Dominik Bokk is highest-ranked German prospect since Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

"If you like speed and skill with a little bit of sense attached to it, you're going to like this guy."

That's what Blues Director of Amateur Scouting Bill Armstrong had to say moments after selecting right winger Dominik Bokk with a first-round pick (No. 25 overall) at the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas on Friday.

In fact, the Blues liked Bokk so much, they traded up to get him.

Originally armed with the 29th overall pick, the Blues packaged pick No. 29 and their third-round pick (No. 76) to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for the No. 25 overall pick.

"We've been tracking this kid for awhile," Armstrong said.

"I had a meeting with (the Blues) yesterday and they said they really wanted to say my name," Bokk said after being selected by St. Louis. "They also said they might trade up to draft me, so I already knew about this yesterday. It's a great feeling and I'm so happy. I didn't know exactly that I was going to be a Blue, but I had a good feeling when they picked (it would be me)."

Video: Behind the scenes with Bokk after draft selection

Bokk describes himself as a skilled forward that likes to make plays and shoot the puck. He also says he's a good skater.

Last season, Bokk - a native of Schweinfurt, Germany - played in 35 games with Vaxjo Jr., scoring 14 goals and 27 assists (41 points). Due to injuries, Bokk was also called up to the Swedish Elite League, where he played in 15 games, scoring one goal and one assist.

"Of course you play against pros (in the Swedish Elite League) and they're stronger on the ice and off the ice," Bokk said. "They really guided me through practices and what I can do better."

According to NBC Sports Network, Bokk is the highest ranked German-born prospect since Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl in 2014.

"Once he settled into the U-20 League, he really took off," Armstrong said. "The clincher for us was when we went to see him in the playoffs right at the end. He was dynamic. We walked out saying 'Hey listen, if we get a shot at this guy, this would be a home run.'"

Bokk, whose mother and father traveled from Germany to join him at Friday's NHL Draft, said he couldn't be happier to be a Blue.

"It's a dream come true," he said. "It's great for every player to get picked at the NHL Draft. It's awesome, and just a great feeling.

"To get picked by the Blues, I'm really excited about what's going to happen."

Video: Bokk after first-round selection

Video: Blues draft F Dominik Bokk No. 25

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