Blues select Thomas Vannelli with 47th overall pick

The St. Louis Blues selected defenseman Thomas Vannelli with the 47th overall selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Vannelli, 18, split last season between Minnetonka of the Minnesota High School League and Team USA (U-18) of the United States Hockey League, leading Minnetonka defensemen with 31 points (eight goals, 23 assists) in 25 games while recording two points (one goal, one assist) in 14 games with Team USA.  

Vannelli also appeared in five games during the 2012 USA Hockey Select 17 Player Development Camp, registering six points (one goal, five assists) in six games. 

The Minneapolis native also led Minnetonka defensemen with 25 points (seven goals, 18 assists) in 28 games in the 2011-12 season.