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How building a Stanley Cup champion begins at the NHL Draft

by Brett Barczewski / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - After winning the first Stanley Cup in franchise history, the St. Louis Blues will set their sights on the future beginning with the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver. The Draft will begin on Friday, June 21 with Round 1 at 7 p.m. CT (NBCSN) and will continue on Saturday, June 22 at noon (NHL Network) with Rounds 2-7.

Barring a trade, the Blues will make four selections at the 2019 NHL Draft.

Did you know that the Blues had 14 players on their championship roster that were drafted by the team? Below are the players the Blues drafted and how they contributed to capturing the club's first Stanley Cup.

FORWARDS

David Perron: Selected in the first round (No. 26 overall) in 2007. Perron posted 46 points (23 goals, 23 assists) in the regular season, which included a career-high 13-game point streak (six goals, 10 assists) from Dec. 22 - Jan. 17. Perron played in 26 games in the playoffs, setting new career-highs with seven goals, nine assists and 16 points.

Jaden Schwartz: Selected in the first round (No. 14 overall) in 2010. Schwartz posted 36 points in the regular season (11 goals, 25 assists) and added 20 more (12 goals, eight assists) in in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which trailed only Ryan O'Reilly for the team lead. Schwartz's 12 goals ranked second in the NHL during the playoffs and were the second most in franchise history for a single postseason, trailing only Brett Hull, who had 13 goals in 1990). Schwartz recorded two postseason hat tricks, becoming the first player in franchise history to record multiple hat tricks in the same postseason.

Vladimir Tarasenko: Selected in the first round (No. 16 overall) in 2010. Tarasenko recorded 68 points during the regular-season (33 goals, 35 assists), reaching at least 30 goals and 30 assists for the fifth straight season, which shares the second longest streak in franchise history (1. Brett Hull, seven straight seasons from 1987-88 to 1993-94). Tarasenko recorded a career-high 11 goals and 17 points during the postseason. He joined Schwartz as the only pair of teammates in franchise history to each score at least 10 goals in the same postseason. Tarasenko recorded an eight-game point streak (five goals, five assists) from Game 1 at San Jose of the Western Conference Final through Game 2 at Boston in the Stanley Cup Final, as well as a four-game goal streak (four goals, two assists) from Game 5 at San Jose to Game 2 at Boston, both of which share the second longest streaks in Blues postseason franchise history.

Mackenzie MacEachern: Selected in the third round (No. 67 overall) in 2012. MacEachern made his NHL debut on Jan. 10 vs. Montreal and scored his first career NHL goal on Jan. 21 at Los Angeles. He appeared in 29 games for the Blues down the stretch, recording five points (three goals, two assists). He recorded his first career game-winning goal on Feb. 9 vs. Nashville.

Robby Fabbri: Selected in the first round (No. 21 overall) in 2014. Fabbri returned after missing the entire 2017-18 season due to injury, recording six points (two goals, four assists) in 32 games in the regular season. During the postseason, Fabbri dressed in 10 games and scored one goal, which was the opening goal of the second round series vs. Dallas.

Ivan Barbashev: Selected in the second round (No. 33 overall) in 2014. Barbashev dressed in a career-high 80 games this season, and recorded career-highs in goals (14), assists (12), and points (26). He dressed in 26 games during the postseason and recorded six points (three goals, three assists). Barbashev led the NHL with 87 hits in the postseason.

Sammy Blais: Selected in the sixth round (No. 176 overall) in 2014. Blais recorded two goals and four points in 32 games in the regular-season. During the postseason, Blais appeared in 15 games and had three points (one goal, two assists). He made his NHL postseason debut in Game 6 against Dallas and scored his only goal of the postseason, becoming the 12th player in franchise history to score a goal in his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut.

Robert Thomas: Selected in the first round (No. 20 overall) in 2017. Thomas made his NHL debut on Oct. 4 vs. Winnipeg and appeared in 70 regular-season games, posting 33 points (nine goals, 24 assists. He shared fourth among all rookies in the NHL this season in assists. In 21 playoff games, Thomas posted six points (one goal, five assists). In Game 7 vs. Dallas, he recorded two assists, including the primary one on Pat Maroon's double overtime series-clinching goal, becoming just the second teenager in NHL history to factor in on a series-clinching overtime goal and just the third teenager in NHL history to record multiple points in a Game 7.

DEFENSEMEN

Alex Pietrangelo: Selected in the first round (No. 4 overall) in 2008. Pietrangelo, the 21st captain in franchise history, recorded 41 points in the regular season (13 goals, 28 assists), reaching at least 40 points for the third straight season and his seventh time overall. Pietrangelo also set postseason franchise records with 16 assists and 19 points this postseason. His 19 points in the postseason led all defensemen in the NHL. He netted the game-winning goal in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final in Boston.

Joel Edmundson: Selected in the second round (No. 46 overall) in 2011. Edmundson recorded 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in the regular season. He appeared in 22 games in the postseason, recording seven points (one goal, six assists). His six assists and seven points during the postseason were both career-highs.

Colton Parayko: Selected in the third round (No. 86 overall) in 2012. Parayko recorded 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) and had a plus-20 rating in the regular season. He recorded a career-high 10 assists and 12 points during the postseason and joined Pietrangelo as the only pair of defensemen in franchise history to each record at least 10 assists in the same postseason. Parayko ranked second among defensemen, trailing only Pietrangelo (77), with 59 shots in the postseason • Parayko dressed in 106 games this season (regular season and postseason), which trailed only O'Reilly, who dressed in 108 games, for first in the NHL.

Vince Dunn: Selected in the second round (No. 56 overall) in 2015. Dunn recorded a career-high 12 goals, 23 assists and 35 points in the regular season. He appeared in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in his career and posted eight points (two goals, six assists). Dunn scored the Blues' first goal in Game 7 vs. Dallas.

GOALTENDERS

Jake Allen: Selected in the second round (No. 34 overall) in 2008. Allen appeared in 46 games in the regular season, posting a 19-17-8 record with a 2.83 goals-against average, a .905 save-percentage and three shutouts. Allen only appeared in one playoff game - Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final - but he played a huge role down the stretch, helping the Blues clinch a playoff spot. In his last 12 starts, all of which came on the road from Jan. 14 to April 3, Allen posted a 2.21 goals-against average, a .927 save-percentage, and two shutouts.

Jordan Binnington: Selected in the third round (No. 87 overall) in 2011. Binnington made his first career start on Jan. 7 at Philadelphia, posting a shutout in a 3-0 win to become just the 35th goalie in NHL history and the second in franchise history to post a shutout in his first career start. Binnington posted a 24-5-1 record with a 1.89 goals-against average, a .927 save-percentage and five shutouts during the regular season. His 1.89 goals-against average led the NHL (min. 25 games), while his 24 wins and five shutouts set franchise records for rookie goaltenders. Binnington became the first rookie goaltender in NHL history to win all 16 games for his team en route to the Stanley Cup championship in a single postseason. He also won 10 games on the road during the postseason, which was an NHL record for rookie goaltenders and tied the record for road wins in a single postseason in NHL history. Binnington also posted a record of 8-2 (1.78 goals-against average, .937 save-percentage) following a loss in the postseason, which tied the single-postseason NHL record for wins following a loss.

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