Blues confirm deal with Jaden Schwartz

Here’s the St. Louis Blues press release.

“It’s been a dream of mine to play in the NHL and I’m excited to be able to do it as a St. Louis Blue,” said Schwartz in the release. “The Blues are having a terrific season and I will do whatever they need me to do just to help out.”

Here’s the STLToday.com article:

CHICAGO • With 12 games remaining on the schedule, the Blues were in first place in the NHL by four points when they woke up in Chicago on Monday. There was a four-point cushion between them and the New York Rangers atop the league standings, five points between the Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference.

And the Blues now have something else going for them as postseason beckons.

The team finalized a thee-year entry level contract with Colorado College sophomore Jaden Schwartz on Monday, adding the 19-year old to the parent roster.

Schwartz, the Blues’ No. 1 pick in the 2010 NHL draft and 14th selection overall, will join the team in Chicago tonight and will be available on Tuesday against the Blackhawks.

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong made it clear Schwartz’s status as a player ultimately rests with coach Ken Hitchcock.

“Ken knows hockey, does his research,” Armstrong said. “He will make those decisions.”

To that end, Hitchcock is well aware of Schwartz and what he has to offer. One has to assume the Blues would not swipe a contract year off their prospect’s NHL clock unless they felt he would get playing time.

“He’s going to spend the rest of the year with us,” Armstrong added. “The way the rule is written, if he signs an NHL deal this year, he can’t go to the minors. So he’s signing to be available for our roster for the the rest of the season.”

“Our options were three: No 1, he was going to stay in college and he decided he doesn’t want to do that. No. 2, sign him and put him in Peoria and start the three-year clock ticking next year. Or No. 3, make him available for our team this year.

“After talking to our scouting staff and Dave Taylor in particular, who has seen him play two of last three weekends. And in looking at our roster now, and our injuries now, we thought it was worth getting him under contract to play for our team this year.”

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About paisleyhockey
I am the college hockey writer for the Colorado Springs Gazette focusing on the Atlantic Hockey Association, National Collegiate Hockey Conference and Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

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