HAZELWOOD, Mo. - With a second-round pick they acquired from the Calgary Flames in exchange for Brian Elliott, the Blues selected center Jordan Kyrou .
Kyrou, a native of Toronto, is known for his speed and agility in all three zones. In two seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, Kyrou has been used on the first power play and penalty kill units, indicating his potential as a versatile player.
Last season, Kyrou scored 17 goals and 34 assists (51 points) in 65 games with the Sarnia Sting.
We caught up with Kyrou to talk about his first prospect camp, which NHL player he most compares to and… Justin Bieber?
Read the full Q&A here:
BLUES: As a kid growing up in Toronto, there's probably no doubt that you've dreamed of playing in the NHL since you were young. That being said, how awesome was it to hear your name called at the 2016 NHL Draft a few weeks ago?
KYROU: Growing up, it's obviously everyone's dream to play in the NHL. Sitting there at the draft waiting for your name to be called, it's a huge honor to hear it called by the St. Louis Blues. It's really just a dream come true to see all your hard work get paid off.
BLUES: Have you considered that the Blues traded Brian Elliott for the pick they used to draft you, so it's obvious they see a lot of potential in you.
KYROU: For sure. I want to come here and show them what I can do. I think it was a good idea (to trade for me), so I'm going to show what I can bring to the table and do my best.
BLUES: Other than a few days at prospect camp, fans haven't had much of a chance to see you play. What can you tell them about your game?
KYROU: I'm a fast, agile player with great puck skill and great playmaking ability. I like to make the players around me better, like a Patrick Sharp or David Krecji.
BLUES: If we took your phone and unlocked it, what kind of music would we find on there?
KYROU: Probably mostly dance music. I like to listen to that. And I'm a pretty good dancer.
BLUES: Your NHL.com draft bio page said if you could be anyone else for a day, you'd pick Justin Bieber. Really?
KYROU: I mean I think a lot of kids would like to be Justin Bieber. Look how famous he is and obviously he's a great singer. I get chirped for that a little bit, but Justin Bieber is Justin Bieber. Who wouldn't want to be him?
BLUES: You've spent two seasons now in the OHL. What are you learning there as you continue on your path to reaching the NHL?
KYROU: You're learning a lot of things, just learn the way to play and you always want to do what's best for the team and help them win. That's what I've been learning the last few years.
BLUES: You've been a point-per-game player in the postseason. Do you consider yourself to be a guy that your team can count on in clutch situations?
KYROU: I think I'm a big-time player. I like to be under those pressure situations when my coach or my teammates are counting on me. I like to be in those spots.
BLUES: How much were you looking forward to attending this prospect camp?
KYROU: It's the first time being able to come here and meet all the coaching staff. You get to meet everyone and see how it is to come play for the Blues. You get to see what it takes, and they're just showing us the way and what we've got to do.