18-year-old forward Dominik Bokk heard his name called by the St. Louis Blues, becoming the 25th overall pick in the NHL Draft Friday night.
The Blues traded four spots up from the 29th overall pick to select Bokk, as St. Louis got a fast, skilled forward with a high hockey IQ.
“We’ve been tracking this kid for awhile,” Director of Amateur Scouting Bill Armstrong said. “If you like speed and skill with a little bit of sense attached to it, you’re going to like this guy.”
A native of Schweinfurt, Germany, Bokk represented his country in the the 2017 U-18 World Junior Championship and the 2018 U-20 World Junior Championship. He led all players in the 2017 tournament with seven goals. Bokk most recently played for Vaxo Jr. in Switzerland, where he tallied 41 points (13 goals, 27 assists) in 35 regular season contests and 11 points (five goals, six assists) in eight postseason games.
“The clincher for us was when we went to see him in the playoffs right at the end. He was dynamic,” Armstrong said. “We walked out saying ‘Hey listen, if we get a shot at this guy, this would be a home run.'”
Bokk stressed how playing in the Swedish Elite League helped him accelerate the growth of his overall game: “Of course you play against pros and they’re stronger on the ice and off the ice. They really guided me through practices and what I can do better,” Bokk said.
Five more draftees will join Bokk in St. Louis for this week’s Blues Prospect Camp. The picks following Bokk were defenseman Scott Perunovich, goaltender Joel Hofer, forward Hugh McGing, forward Mathis Laferriere and defenseman Tyler Tucker. All six draft picks are under 20 years old and hope to establish themselves as the future of St. Louis hockey.
The Blues Prospect Camp begins Tuesday morning with some on-ice drills followed by scrimmages.
Jack Parodi covers the St. Louis Blues for 590 The Fan and you can find him on Twitter @jack_parodi.