World News – CA – St Louis Blues Adds Grit & Truculence with Neighbors # 26


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By Matthew Zator October 7, 2020

The St Louis Blues left the first round of the 2020 NHL Draft with the earthy Jake Neighbors ranked 26th overall He jumped a bit from where he was supposed to be selected, as so many outlets had planned to go at the start of the second round THW resident draft experts Josh Bell, Andrew Forbes and Larry Fisher took it 32nd, 34th and 48th respectively

The Blues chose Neighbors over Noel Gunler, Ridly Greig and Mavrik Bourque who all had to go higher than him.However, we probably shouldn’t be too surprised as he plays a style they’ve rooted in since they became a franchise in 1967

The Blues have always been tough to face, and that is a testament to the players they have in their lineup.The neighbors will bring courage, earthiness and scoring potential when he gets into the NHL one day, which is exactly what they want on their future training They could have left with more skill and certainty in the top-six in their 2020 first-round pick, but they ultimately thought he was the one who would make their team better in the long run.

He plays Blues style hockey He’s very competitive, can play from top to bottom of your roster and goes very willingly on difficult areas of the ice He’s someone who I think can complement some really good players, someone who’s going integrate into your character and work ethic

With our first round pick (No 26 in total), we selected left winger Jake Neighbors #stlblues picTwittercom / rBTe4H3gf5

Neighbors is strong at 5ft 11in and never shies away from contact in the corners He wins most battles along the boards and if nothing else he will be a third row agitator who should score 15-20 goals at its peak Often compared to the Calgary Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk, he could be one of those players who makes a difference in a playoff series with his physicality, competitiveness and intense pre-failure. He is not a good neighbor most of the time, as he constantly seeks to get under his opponent’s skin, and that alone will make him a valuable player for the Blues in the future.eval (ez_write_tag ([[580,400], ‘thehockeywriters_com-medrectangle-4’, ‘ezslot_0’, 664, ‘0’, ‘0’]));

Playing for the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League, he scored a career-high 23 goals and 70 points in 2019-2020, so it’s clear that both physical play and restlessness aren’t his only skills He has the tools of a top-six forward, but he’ll need a little seasoning before he makes his way to the NHL

In the end, Neighbors was just a rare mix of turmoil and attacking potential that was too good for the Blues to miss out on. As long as Craig Berube is the head coach, these players will be always welcome in the West Gate

Neighbors will make an impact in the NHL one day, but the Blues may have to wait a bit for that to happen He still has to work on his 200-foot game and improve his skating to be this top six attackers everyone thinks they can become

If Neighbors manages to work on these things, he could end up playing in the NHL sooner rather than later. The fact that he can play a physical and waving style makes him an ideal candidate to play in the bottom six as he develops his overall defensive play.

In all likelihood he will play his junior eligibility in the WHL, polish his game in the American Hockey League, and then if all goes according to plan, become a full-time NHL player as a key top member. -six and the two special teamseval (ez_write_tag ([[580,400], ‘thehockeywriters_com-large-mobile-banner-1’, ‘ezslot_1’, 665, ‘0’, ‘0’]));

After adding the earthiness of Neighbors, the Blues will now turn their attention to Day 2 on Wednesday where they have six other selections to make.They will however have to wait for the third round to make their second choice, as they have traded their second-round pick to the Montreal Canadiens against defenseman Marco Scandella There are still plenty of interesting players left so they should be able to add value even in later rounds. Can they experience another steal like former third round picks Sammy Blais, Jordan Binnington and Colton Parayko? Time will tell as the unprecedented October 2020 NHL Draft continues

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World News – CA – St Louis Blues adds Grit & Truculence with its neighbors in 26th place



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