Things are pretty slow around Blues camp these days, but the team has made a few minor moves over the last few days. First, the team signed veteran forward Dave Scatchard to a two-way deal for the upcoming season. Scatchard posted 30 points (20-10) in 36 games for the AHL Milwaukee Admirals last season, and he added 59 penalty minutes in that time. He also posted five points (3-2) in 16 games with the Predators. Scatchard formerly played for the Canucks and the Coyotes. He will likely start the season in Peoria, but expect to see him in St. Louis at some point this season.
The team also made a trade, as they sent defenseman TJ Fast to Florida in exchange for forward Graham Mink. Mink had 37 points (20-17) and 86 penalty minutes in 67 outings for the AHL’s Rochester Americans. Mink has spent the last nine seasons in the AHL, and he is well-traveled, playing for four teams in that time. He is a big boy at 6-3, 220 pounds, and he should add some toughness to the minor league squad.
In other news, the team has expressed some interest in former Edmonton Oiler forward Ryan Potulny. He had 15 goals for the Oil last season, so we will keep you updated if anything comes of this. Also, the team promoted Bill Armstrong to the head of amateur scouting. The entire staff is still in tact with the exception of Jarmo Kekelainen, so it should be an easy transition.
Stay tuned for a prospect update later in the week, as I will take a look at some Blues yougsters who are preparing for this year’s World Junior Classic.
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