Height / Weight: 6-foot-2, 201 pounds
The second of three consecutive defensemen chosen by the Blues was Canadian Trenton Bourque of the Owen Sound Attack.
Bourque is nothing like previous pick David Noel. Scoring and this 19-year-old defenseman do not go hand in hand. He did dish 13 helpers last season but Bourque went goalless. In fact, he has not scored a goal since 2013-14 during a midget AAA game.
In 2014, the Sudbury Wolves described Bourque as a guy who makes smart passes and has a great transition game.
“He really can skate; that’s one thing you’ll notice with most of the players we drafted this year, they’ve really got the ability to skate. He’s probably going to be the fastest skater in (Development) Camp. Blues director of amateur scouting Bill Armstrong said post-draft, “He can really push the pace from the back side, he has that elite NHL skating quality, and we’re excited to get him where we did.”
Round 6, Pick 175 – Anton Andersson
Height / Weight: 6-foot-4, 216 pounds
The fact that the Blues had no defensemen to play at the junior level this upcoming season is a good indicator of why they opted to close the draft with another defenseman to complete the three-peat. At pick 175 the Blues went with Anton Andersson from Luleå HF J20.
Andersson was unranked going into the draft but with a big 6-foot-4, 216-pound frame at 18 years old, that alone is worth a shot at pick 175.
“He’s a big man. He’s someone that is, as I would say, raw. Here’s a guy that is six-foot-four, he can skate, he plays an aggressive style of game, and he tries to make a difference on both sides of the puck,” Armstrong said post-draft. “He’s got to learn to settle down, and he’s a ways away. He’s a very raw player, but there’s some good qualities with his size and his athletic ability, and the aggressiveness that he plays the game with. We’re excited about him.”
He scored 24 points over 31 games in Sweedish junior leagues last season.
We will get closer looks at Thomas, Kostin, Toropchenko, and Noel at the Blues prospect camp that takes place June 28-July 1.