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June 7, 2013 | 12:05pm ET
Blues fishing for first-round pick
TheFourthPeriod.com

Having already traded away their first-round pick this summer, the St. Louis Blues appear to be scouring the market for another one.

The Blues dealt their first-round pick as part of their deal to acquire defenseman Jay Bouwmeester from the Calgary Flames.

"We don't have a first round pick yet," Blues GM Doug Armstrong told NHL.com. "But the draft's not tomorrow either.

"We know we're not going to get into that top five or six, but anything after that is always a potential on draft day. There's a lot of emphasis put on, don't worry about what we don't have, we could acquire something, and make sure we're prepared for it."

While Armstrong's on the hunt, he won't overpay for a first-round selection.

"We're not going to rob Peter to pay Paul," he said. "It would be nice to have that [first-round] pick, but we don't want to deplete an area of strength on our current roster to do that. It would have to be the right short- and long-term for us.

"It's a deep draft from what our scouting staff is telling us... There's going to be players climbing out of the second, third and fourth rounds that are going to play and be good players. Our job is to find one of them."


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