Jordan Leopold was picked up by the St. Louis Blues just days before the 2013 NHL trade deadline. Leopold cost the St. Louis Blues a 2013 second draft pick as well as a fifth round pick. While the cost may not have been very high, the question now becomes whether or not the Blues believe that Leopold is part of the team going forward.
After joining the Blues, it looked like Leopold was a key to the Blues’ success. When he was on the ice, the Blues played with confidence and looked strong in their own end. By the time the playoffs rolled around, it was a bit of a different story. While Leopold was not the worst player on the ice, his play declined from the weeks before and left something to be desired.
Recently the Blues announced that they have re-signed Ian Cole to a two-year deal which may effect the depth chart of the Blues defense. With Kris Russell and Leopold both up for new contracts, bringing Leopold back may signal an upcoming trade for the boys in blue. Russell may find himself as the odd man out and could be worth a second round draft pick to the right team. If that was the case, the Blues could have gotten a great deal on Leopold and would have one of the best defenses in the NHL.
Although the Blues have a tough decision to make, it would seem that they are not in a hurry. Expect Armstrong and company to take the next week or two to discuss whether they want to keep Jordan in the mix and if they do, don’t be surprised if a trade is announced at the draft.
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