2010 1st round pick for the St. Louis Blues, Jaden Schwartz has signed an entry level contract with the Blues and will meet the team in Chicago on Tuesday when they visit the Blackhawks. Schwartz was in his sophmore season at Colorado College and collected 15 goals and 26 assists (41 pts) in just 30 games this season. During his freshman season, he was able to produce 17 goals and 47 points. The Blues are very confident in this kid, and is another potential weapon for the playoffs. With the injuries to the team, Blues GM Doug Armstrong had to make a decision on whether to sign Schwartz to the farm club or join the Blues in their run for the cup. Schwartz was named the captain to Team Canada at the WJC and recorded 2 goals and 5 points while also being named Canada’s player of the game during the semi-final match up with Russia. His skill is there and it may take him a few full practices to get into synch with the team. Since Schwartz is joining the Blues, the first year of his 3 year entry level contract will count and next year will be considered his second year.
In other news, Halak made huge saves during their 2-1 win over Columbus. Halak made 33 saves and carried the team to their 5th straight win. Halak and Elliot continue to challenge each other for the starting position and the defense is not getting any rest by playing consistent hockey every night. In the last 5 games, the Blues have kept their opponents to only 1 goal in each game.
Hensick was re assigned back to Peoria (another sign Schwartz will be getting playing time).
Follow me on twitter @TonyMoreno20