St. Louis Blues sign Hugh McGing to extension

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In a recent press release from the St. Louis Blues, breaking news was announced regarding a contract extension for forward Hugh McGing, spanning over two years. The deal is listed as a two-way contract extension.

McGing, who turns 26 this summer, has played several years in the AHL for the Springfield Thunderbirds.

He also played six games for the St. Louis Blues in the 22-23 and 23-24 seasons.

The last three years signal his progress made in Springfield:

2021-2022: 14 goals, 20 assists, 34 points in 67 games.
2022-2023: 17 goals, 22 assists, 39 points in 71 games.
2023-2024: 8 goals, 31 assists, 39 points in 51 games.

This past season, McGing’s 39 points put him No. 4 for the Thunderbirds. However, his point total in 51 games is notable. If he had played over seventy games, he likely would have been ranked the second-highest in total points.

In general, McGing has established himself as a reliable player in the AHL. He has played in 212 career games.

Still, unfortunately, he hasn't been able to fully capitalize on his chance to shine at the next level. In his defense, his ice time was limited, averaging less than eight minutes in each game he appeared.

McGing, who entered the league as a fifth-round pick in the 2018 draft, has exceeded the expectations of numerous experts and has undeniably made a noticeable impact playing for the Thunderbirds.

Blues GM Doug Armstrong continues to bolster his team through several offseason signings, including locking in Drew Bannister as the permanent head coach. In the last week, the team has finalized several deals. It is clear from the limited commitment to long-term deals in recent contracts that Armstrong is currently in an evaluation mode.