Five St. Louis Hockey Players Drafted in NHL’s First Round
Before the 2016 NHL Draft, no St. Louis born player had ever been picked in the first round. That ended on Friday night in Buffalo, NY, when five local players were picked in the draft’s first round! Former Blue Keith Tkachuk’s son, Matthew started the St. Louis dominance when he was selected by the Calgary Flames with the sixth overall pick. Clayton Keller, a center from Swansea, IL was the very next choice by the Arizona Coyotes. Keller and Tkachuk grew up together as line mates on their Junior Blues team. With the 11th pick in the draft, the Ottawa Senators chose Logan Brown. He is the son of former Blues defenseman Jeff Brown. The Minnesota Wild used their first round pick, #15 overall to pick Chesterfield native Luke Kunin. The Boston Bruins made it a five player St. Louis first round when they chose Trent Frederic, a center, who graduated from DeSmet Jesuit High School. Frederic was the 29th pick of the 30 selections made in the NHL’s first round of their draft.