St. Louis was aggressive trading picks and prospects in recent years. The system is still stable, though, because of Robert Thomas’ progress into a useful NHL player with potential, some first-round picks who look the part like Jake Neighbours, and Joel Hofer being a top goalie prospect. After Thomas, though, the upper echelon talent falls off.
Key graduates: Jordan Kyrou, Scott Perunovich
Key additions: Zachary Bolduc, Simon Robertsson
2020 Ranking: No. 20
2021 NHL Draft Grade: C-
Full 2021-22 NHL Pipeline Rankings
1. Robert Thomas, C, St. Louis-NHL
July 2, 1999 | six-foot | 188 pounds
Drafted: No. 20 in 2017
Tier: Projected bubble top and middle of lineup player
Puck Skills: Average
Hockey Sense: Above-average
Thomas over his three NHL seasons has shown he is a useful, if not a good player; but he has not taken the big step forward I thought he would after his teenage years.
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