Blues quiet on first day of Draft

The St. Louis Blues went into the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft on Friday without a first-round pick but with plenty of intrigue surrounding potential trade scenarios.

While there were several trades on Friday, including the Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres doing deals to reshape their rosters, the reigning Central Division champion Blues finished the first day of the Draft without making a deal and without making a pick.

“We were looking to see if we could take care of the short and long term and there wasn’t anything there,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

It marked the third time in five years the Blues did not make a first-round selection. St. Louis traded its 2015 first-round pick to Buffalo as part of the trade for goalie Ryan Miller at the 2014 trade deadline.

The Blues likely would have needed to trade a significant piece from their current roster to acquire a first-round pick on Friday and that wasn’t the kind of deal Armstrong was interested in making.

“We weren’t looking to move current players for picks,” Armstrong told the Post-Dispatch. “We were looking at it, if we do anything, it will be more of the hockey-trade route. We still believe in our group and we’d like to improve this group, not detract from it.”

The Blues will make some picks on Saturday when the Draft resumes with the start of the second round at 9 a.m. CT. The Blues are set to have six selections, beginning with the No. 56 overall pick in the second round. They also have two picks in the fourth round (Nos. 94 and 116), two in the fifth (Nos. 127 and 146) and one in the sixth (No. 176).

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