Future Watch: Colton Parayko Hockey Rookie Cards, St. Louis Blues – If there’s one rookie who burst on the scene with almost no fanfare at the beginning of training camp and then grew exponentially every day after that it was Colton Parayko. The St. Louis Blues really kept the idea of Parayko being an NHL’er to themselves in his draft year.
He was first noticed while playing for the Fort McMurray Oil Barons in the AJHL. That’s located in Alberta and then he went to play college hockey for the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Just scouting him meant a very long trip to either place.
At 6-5, over 215 pounds the Blues drafted him in the 3rd round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. After three years in college, the last as a captain, and one stint playing in the AHL, he was knocking on the door of making the St. Louis Blues team right out of the gate even though they already had a solid blue line.
Parayko brings size and a booming shot so at the end of the day, the Blues put him on the roster and so far after 30 games he has 5 goals, 14 points and he’s a plus 13. If he continues to play at this rate and possibly better as the season goes on he could garner Calder consideration.
Two cards that are getting a lot of attention are his 2015 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Young Gun rookie and his Young Gun canvas card.
Here’s a look at his slap shot that broke some glass:
Here’s a look at Parayko dangling the puck in college:
At 22, he’s been getting better every game. Imagine what he’ll be like when he’s 25? Find out more about Colton Parayko on NHL.com.