Samuel Blais

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Samuel Blais
Born (1996-06-17) June 17, 1996 (age 23)
Montmagny, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team St. Louis Blues
NHL Draft 176th overall, 2014
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 2016–present

Samuel "Sammy" Blais (born June 17, 1996) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward. He is currently playing for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Blues in the sixth round, 176th overall, in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Blais won the Stanley Cup in 2019 with the Blues.

Playing career[edit]

Blais played in the 2008 and 2009 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournaments with the minor ice hockey teams Rive-Sud Est, and then Rimouski.[1] He later played junior ice hockey with Trois-Rivières Estacades and Lévis Commandeurs in the QMAAA. He was originally selected 129th overall in the 2013 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft by the Victoriaville Tigres. After his rookie season split between the Commandeurs and the Tigres, Blais was chosen in his first year of eligibility by the St. Louis Blues, 176th overall, in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.[2]

While leading the Tigres in scoring in his final junior season in 2015–16, Blais was signed to a three-year entry-level contract with the St. Louis Blues on November 14, 2015.[3] He produced 40 points in 30 games before he was dealt by the Tigres to the Charlottetown Islanders on December 20, 2015.[4] Blais continued his offensive output in leading the Islanders to finish with a combined 82 points in just 63 games. On the Islanders top scoring line he helped the Islanders advance to the second round, posting 19 points in 12 games.

Embarking on his professional career, Blais was assigned by the St. Louis Blues to AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, for the 2016–17 season. He carried over his scoring ability from junior to lead the Wolves rookies and place second overall on the team with 26 goals in 75 games.

After attending the Blues training camp the following summer, Blais with a strong showing was potentially earmarked to make NHL roster for the 2017–18 season.[5] He was however among the Blues final cuts, and was re-assigned to open the season with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL.[6] After two games with the Rampage, Blais received his first call-up to the NHL on October 14, 2017.[7] He travelled cross-country to make his debut that night in a 2–1 defeat to the Tampa Bay Lightning.[8] In his third game he registered his first NHL point, an assist on Robert Bortuzzo's game-winning goal, in a 4–3 decision over the Colorado Avalanche on October 19, 2017.[9] On May 5, 2019, he played his first playoff game, a 4–1 win over the Dallas Stars, wherein he also scored his first NHL playoff goal.[10] Blais won the 2019 Stanley Cup Final with the Blues, St. Louis' first Stanley Cup in their 52-year franchise history.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2012–13 Trois-Rivières Estacades QMAAA 42 16 24 40 42 10 8 4 12 4
2013–14 Lévis Commandeurs QMAAA 21 12 23 35 12
2013–14 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 25 4 10 14 0 4 0 1 1 0
2014–15 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 61 34 48 82 50 4 2 3 5 4
2015–16 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 30 17 23 40 19
2015–16 Charlottetown Islanders QMJHL 33 16 26 42 14 12 4 15 19 14
2016–17 Chicago Wolves AHL 75 26 17 43 58 10 3 5 8 18
2017–18 San Antonio Rampage AHL 42 17 23 40 38
2017–18 St. Louis Blues NHL 11 1 2 3 6
2018–19 St. Louis Blues NHL 32 2 2 4 6 15 1 2 3 10
2018–19 San Antonio Rampage AHL 26 8 10 18 55
NHL totals 43 3 4 7 12 15 1 2 3 10

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
NHL
Stanley Cup (St. Louis Blues) 2019 [12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Blues select Samuel Blais at 176th overall". stlouisgametime.com. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Blues sign Blais to entry-level deal". St. Louis Blues. 14 November 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Islanders acquire Blais from Victoriaville for Goulet". Charlottetown Islanders. 20 December 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Blias goes cross country to make NHL debut". Stltoday. 14 October 2017. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Blues have 23-man roster set for opening night". St. Louis Blues. 2 October 2017. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Blues recalled Blais from San Antonio". St. Louis Blues. 14 October 2017. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Boxscore Lightning 2, Blues 1". Fox Sports. 14 October 2017. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Blues score three times in 2nd period, hold off Avalanche". National Hockey League. 19 October 2017. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  10. ^ Karron, Julia (6 May 2018). "NHL Playoff 2019 Roundup: Blues pull even with Stars with 4-1 win". nbcsports.com. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  11. ^ Pickens, Pat (31 July 2019). "Blais scrubs Stanley Cup before parade in Quebec hometown". nhl.com.
  12. ^ "Blues win cup for first time, defeat Bruins in Game 7 of final". National Hockey League. 12 June 2019. Retrieved 12 June 2019.

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