At last year's draft, the St. Louis Blues selected defenseman David Rundblad with the 17th pick. A year later, Rundblad is on his way to the Ottawa Senators for the 16th pick in this year's draft.
With that 16th pick, the Blues selected Vladimir Tarasenko, a defenseman from Novosibirsk in the KHL. In our mock draft, Tarasenko was selected sixth by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Here's what Raw Charge said about making that selection:
While the Lightning have multiple needs, none appear to be greater than adding scoring depth on wing. Tarasenko (labeled "a poor-man's Alex Ovechkin" and also compared with Pittsburgh Penguins Evgeni Malkin) may be looked at as a risk due to his obligations to play in the KHL, but Steve Yzerman's approach of patience coupled with Tarasenko's own stated desires to play in the NHL, make this a risk worth taking for the Bolts. Tarasenko is undersized (5'10") by comparison to Ovi and Malkin, but size should not be the reason to write off ability.
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