Game Results: Traverse City Prospect Tournamentby St. Louis Blues / Digital Release
Game 4: Rangers 5, Blues 3
Alexey Toropchenko, Klim Kostin and Mathias LaFerriere scored for the Blues prospects in their final game at Traverse City, but the New York Rangers emerged with a 5-3 win to take fifth place in the tournament. Despite the loss, the Blues outshot the Rangers 37-23 in the game. Goaltender Colten Ellis made 18 saves in regulation. Kostin finished the tournament tied for the team lead in points, posting two goals and one assist in four tournaments games. Defenseman Mitch Reinke also had three points (one goal, two assists). Nikita Alexandrov, the Blues' second-round pick in 2019, recorded one goal and one assist in the tournament.
Game 3: Blues 4, Blackhawks 2
The Blues prospects scored four unanswered goals Monday to earn a 4-2 comeback win over the Blackhawks prospects. Facing a two-goal deficit after the first period, the rally started with a goal from Nikita Alexandrov, St. Louis' top pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. Klim Kostin tied the game early in the third period, and River Rymsha gave the Blues the lead with 58 seconds remaining in the final frame. Mitch Reinke, who's captaining the Blues prospects during the tournament, added a shorthanded, empty-net goal to seal the victory. Goaltender Joel Hofer made 16 saves on 18 shots to earn the win.
Game 2: Red Wings 7, Blues 3
Robby Jackson scored in his second consecutive game for the Blues prospects, but St. Louis dropped their game against the Red Wings 7-3 on Saturday. 2019 Draft pick Keean Washkurak and Austin Poganski (power play) scored the Blues' other goals. In net, Colten Ellis made 25 saves on 32 shots.
Game 1: Maple Leafs, 6, Blues 2
The Blues prospects took an early lead but got into penalty trouble in the second period as they fell 6-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs prospects. Robby Jackson and Alexei Toropchenko scored the goals for St. Louis, both coming in the first period. Goaltender Joel Hofer made 14 saves on 20 shots and Colten Ellis stopped all seven he faced in relief.
Forwards: Nikita Alexandrov (32), Mitchell Balmas (88), Kevin Hancock (82), Krystof Hrabik (89), Robby Jackson (79), Dakota Joshua (54), Tanner Kaspick (83), Austen Keating (61), Klim Kostin (37), Mathias Laferriere (58), Jeremy Michel (42), Austin Poganski (53), Nolan Stevens (47), Alexey Toropchenko (65), Keean Washkurak (40).
Defense: Jake Christiansen (56), Walter Flower (72), Nathan LaRose (94), Justin MacPherson (84), Mitch Reinke (39), River Rymsha (63), Tyler Tucker (75).
Goaltenders: Colten Ellis (45), Joel Hofer (1).
St. Louis Blues prospects participated in the NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan. The tournament, which featured prospects from eight NHL teams, began Friday, Sept. 6 and will continued through Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Klim Kostin, the Blues' first-round draft pick in 2017, lead a group of drafted prospects and amateur tryouts that included four 2019 draft selections - forward Nikita Alexandrov (No. 62 overall), goaltender Colten Ellis (No. 93), forward Keean Washkurak (No. 155) and forward Jeremy Michel (No. 217). Defenseman Mitch Reinke, who was signed by the Blues as a free agent in 2018 and ranked second in points for the AHL's San Antonio Rampage last season, also was on the roster.
The Blues finished sixth in the tournament with a 1-3 record.