Blues pick a big man for Blues’ third defence

The Blues picked up a big name in the third round of the 2017 NHL Draft on Thursday, selecting the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Swedish defenceman Rasmus Ristolainen with the No. 34 overall pick.

The Blues also took the 5th overall pick in the 2017 CHL Import Draft on Friday, selecting former Edmonton Oilers prospect Anthony Cirelli with the 40th overall selection.

The 22-year-old Cirello was a member of the Oilers organization for four seasons before he joined the KHL’s Yaroslavl Ice Hockey Club last season.

Cirella finished with 29 goals and 46 points in 68 games with Yaroslavlov.

He also recorded seven assists and a plus-seven rating in 26 playoff games with the Ice Hockey League’s Vityaz.

A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Cirell is considered one of the top prospects in the world for his offensive skills, as well as his size.

The 6-foot, 195-pound Cireli is expected to compete for a roster spot with fellow NHL defenceman Jiri Hudler, who will be in camp with the Blues.

The draft also delivered two first-round picks: the Blues took the fourth overall pick (fifth overall) in 2017, which was a first-rounder for the Edmonton Oilers.

The Blues also added the fourth pick in 2018, which is currently a fifth-round pick.

With all three selections, the Blues now have nine picks in the draft pool.