Samuel Blais

by dabrams2021 on December 19, 2017

Samuel Blais - photo courtesy: www.lapresse.ca

Samuel Blais, F/LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-1

Weight: 181

Born: 1996-06-17

Hometown: Montmagny, QC, Can

Drafted: 6th round 2014 (176th overall)

 

 

 

 

Observations:

December 2017 -  Blais continues to show he is a goal-scorer, at least at the AHL level.  In 12 games for the San Antonio Rampage Blais has scored six goals and eight assists.  Blais is still working toward his NHL game. In 10 games for the Blues, Blais has one goal and two assists.  Blais is presently on the Blues' roster and has the potential to become an impactful goal-scorer at the NHL level one day.  Doug Abrams

 

September 2017 - Blais had a superb season for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL in his rookie season - 75 games he had 26 goals and 17 assistsincluding five PPGs.  Blais had an impressive AHL playoff run as well - in 10 playoff games he had three goals and five assists.  In training camp for the Blues he has already been getting rave reviews.  Blais is a pure goal-scorer.  He is facing a tough battle for a roster spot in 2017-2018.  On the first day of training camp, Blais was slotted with Stastny and Tarasenko.  After three days Blais was switched to a line w Steen and Fabbri.  Obviously, the Blues need more scorers; and Blais has gotten the Blues’ organization’s attention.  Blais has also impressed with the fact he plays a physical style.  Blais seems likely to make his NHL debut.  Although it’s the preseason and one should not make too much of a young player having a stellar preseason, Blais has been impressive. Doug Abrams

 

June 2016 – Blais enjoyed another productive year in the QMJHL for the 2015-2016 campaign, continuing to display is offensive ability. He was traded to Charlottetown midseason and was able to sustain his offensive production, which would suggest his numbers are not a product of environment. The small but speedy forward has been a point producing machine in the QMJHL. Blais signed a pro contract so it looks like his AHL debut will be coming soon. His performance with the Chicago Wolves will be a good indicator of what to expect. Monitor how well he handles the physicality and size of the AHL. If all goes well there, he could really turn into a nice point producing forward in the NHL. Matt Kowalski

 

April 2015 – Blais is an offensive minded winger that needs some polishing, particularly in his defensive game and size. He seems noticeably smaller than those with similar listed weight and height, so his printed size could be a stretch. He turned in a good season in the QMJHL with 34 goals and 48 assists. While these appear to be impressive, they are not necessarily signs of elite talent considering it happened in the Q. Still, it is nice to see him excel at this level and his progression appears to be going as expected. The real test will be when he turns pro and has to adjust to a bigger game, and his defensive mistakes are more glaring. Some people question his ability to sustain a career in NHL due to his lack of defensive ability and size. Blais is raw, but young, so he has plenty of time to improve his game. He needs a minimum of a year or two in AHL with the Chicago Wolves to be realistically considered for a call up to the NHL. Matt Kowalski

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: B

Blais could develop into a quality scorer, but needs to work on his defensive game before he earns signficant NHL minutes.

 

Footage:

Blais shows off offensive ability with tip in goal at 0:45:

 

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