The St. Louis Blues announced this past Tuesday that they have signed goalie prospect, Niklas Lundstrom. The deal is a three-year, entry-level contract that will take him through 2015-16. The Blues originally drafted Lundstrom in the fifth round (132nd overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
This past January, Lundstrom helped Team Sweden win a silver medal at the 2013 World Junior Championships. In the three games he played in the tournament, he won two games and lost one with a 1.60 goals-against average (GAA) and a .944 save percentage. He also spent time in net for the Swedish Elite League appearing in 14 games and tallying a 3.10 GAA and a .901 save-percentage winning three and losing nine games.
Lundstrom will likely play some time for St. Louis’ AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, where he can develop the skills he has already acquired. If the Blues signed him to three years, they must be confident they he will turn into a pretty elite goaltender.
In other Blues goalie prospect news, Jordan Binnington earned the OHL’s goaltender of the year award at the end of April. With the goalie pool as full as it is, these two prospects will have to bide their time in the AHL for now, but it looks like the Blues have some depth with those who mind the nets.