After an impressive rookie campaign with the Chicago Wolves, the 21 year old Quebec native has impressed the coaches at Blues Training Camp this past weekend. But who is Samuel Blais and what can we expect from him in terms of production?
Taken in the 6th round of the 2014 NHL Draft, his former Victoriaville coach Yannick Jean was excited about Blais’ on-ice vision, calling it “incredible” and noting that he “is capable of making plays that nobody could expect to see on the ice.”
During his tenure with the Victoriaville Tigres, Blais put together an impressive resume which included a playoff berth both years he played there and back to back seasons in which he finished with more than 30 goals and 45 assists.
With 26 goals and 17 assists (as well as 3 goals and 5 assists in the Calder Cup Playoffs) in his first year under a pro contract, Blais only finished behind 7 year pro Wade Megan (33) for the team lead in goals. Becoming the first member of the Chicago Wolves to eclipse the 40 point mark in their rookie season since Ty Rattie in 2013, it’s easy to see why NHL coaches are excited about the dynamic winger.
With the recent injury to Zach Sanford at training camp on Friday along with the surgery Patrick Berglund will undergo, there seem to be a lot of questions surrounding what the opening day lineup will look like in Pittsburgh on October 4th. Since the lineup for the first preseason game has Blais flanking Fabbri and Steen, don’t be surprised if you see him given an opportunity to shine at the next level during the regular season.