That time of year has come once again when NHL teams can begin to sign players to contracts beginning next season. This means that a slew of teams will begin to sign their draft picks from recent years to entry level contracts. These soon to be new faces in the AHL and possibly NHL will soon get the chance to prove their worth.
So far St. Louis Blues’ General Manager Doug Armstrong has been busy signing two prospects to three-year entry level deals.
Joel Edmundson, just 19 years of age, will be the newest addition for the Peoria Rivermen next season. The 6’4”, 200 pound left-handed defenseman has played the last three season in the WHL with the Moose Jaw Warriors and the Kamloops Blazers and was drafted in the second round (46th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft. In 60 games so far this season he has managed to score nine goals and add 16 helpers while earning 133 penalty minutes. So far in his WHL career, Edmundson has 68 points in 187 games.
The St. Louis Blues other signing was of Yannick Veilleux, the Blues fourth round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft (102nd overall). Veilleux is 20 years of age and stands tall at 6’2” and 208 pounds, not bad for a power forward. Spending the last four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Veilleux has amassed a total of 79 goals and 101 assists in 240 games. That is a an average of 0.75 points-per-game, which is not half bad. This season has been especially good for the Quebec native as he has scored 30 goals and 35 assists in just 58 games.
While neither one of these players is considered ready for the NHL, they both have a lot of upside. Look for them to be a big part of Peoria’s season next year and let’s hope they develop into the NHL talent they could one day be.
Stay tuned for more on St. Louis Blues signings and trades.
LET’S GO BLUES!