St. Louis Blues sign Simon Robertsson

Czech Republic v Sweden: 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship
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Continuing their strategic moves, the St. Louis Blues and general manager Doug Armstrong have secured forward Simon Robertsson on a three-year, two-way entry-level contract, further bolstering the team's international talent pool.

This makes the third Swedish player signed by the Blues in the last two days.

Robertsson, who recently turned 21 in February, is a promising young forward. The Blues originally drafted him in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft as the 71st overall pick.

He spent the 2023-2024 season with the Skelleftea AIK of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), scoring 2 goals, recording 2 assists, and earning 4 points. The signing comes after his team just won the SHL championship.

Robertsson Has Potential

"He pushes his top hand from his body and fully engages the lever-motion downforce on his stick for a mechanically clean shot with plenty of zip and accuracy. Robertsson couples that shot with savvy off-the-puck timing to make him a consistent scoring threat in the offensive zone," recorded EliteProspects in their 2021 pre-draft analysis.

Another analysis forecasted that Robertsson, "Has the potential to be a top-six forward in the NHL."

Experts had Robertsson ranked as high as the 47th draft pick in the 2021 entry draft.

The locked-in contract for Robertsson means exciting times for Blues fans, who can now follow his career more closely.

His development is anticipated to be lengthy, given his inexperience and age. Nonetheless, Armstrong has been actively seeking out talent and aiming to build a formidable future centered around younger players. Considering Robertsson's potential, the Blues must eagerly anticipate his development as a potential future starter.