Being the son of a Hockey Hall of Fame player can open doors for a young player, but it can also create higher expectations.
For U.S. National Team Development Program winger Ryan St. Louis, he has unquestionably established himself as a pro hockey prospect with his speed and playmaking abilities. However, where that will lead him with the 2021 NHL Entry Draft rapidly approaching on July 23-24 is still to be determined.
The Riverside, Conn., native and former Brunswick School star is New England Hockey Journal’s fifth-ranked draft prospect after a solid two years in Plymouth, Mich., with Team USA. At 5-foot-10, 161 pounds, he lacks ideal pro hockey size but is a smart, creative, playmaking forward. The Northeastern recruit brings some of the attributes that his father, Martin, used to become the Tampa Bay Lightning’s all-time franchise leader in scoring, with a Stanley Cup championship and Hart Trophy as league MVP as part of his legacy.