Blues Notes: Signings & Draft Pick News

PITTSBURGH - MARCH 17: Nathan Oystrick #7 of the Atlanta Thrashers takes the shot during warmups prior to his game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 17, 2009 at the Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Blues made some rather inconsequential signings today, but they were signings nonetheless. The team inked defensemen Brennan Evans and Nathan Oystrick each to two-way deals. Evans played last season with Toronto’s AHL affiliate, appearing in 79 games and compiling 8 points (1-7) to go along with 199 penalty minutes. He has spent the last seven seasons in the AHL, so I wouldn’t expect him to see much time with the big club this season, especially considering the depth we have at the position. Oystrick looks like a more capable player, as he played with the Thrashers AHL team last season and totaled 23 points (7-16) with 96 penalty minutes. He has seen time with the Thrashers and the Ducks at the NHL level in his career, and he has scored 12 points in that time. Much like Evans, he probably won’t see much time this season barring injuries.

In some injury news, newly acquired center Vlad Sobotka was recently evaluated by Blues doctors to assess his recovery from shoulder surgery in May. It looks like he might not be cleared by the start of training camp, but the team expects him to be ready to go by the start of the regular season. I wouldn’t bee too concerned here, but if he has a setback it could be problematic.

Finally, in some news that isn’t overly surprising, first round pick Vlad Tarasenko has announced he will return to play in the KHL again next season. No one really expected him to come over this season, and playing in the Russian professional league should only make him a better player. The Blues still plan on bringing Tarasenko over to the States sooner rather than later, but he will get at least one more year of seasoning in the homeland.

Tags: AHL Anaheim Ducks Atlanta Thrashers Brennan Evans KHL Nathan Oystrick NHL Russia St. Louis Blues Surgery Toronto Maple Leafs Vlad Sobotka Vladimir Tarasenko

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