The St. Louis Blues sign two players from the Swedish Hockey League

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On Tuesday, the St. Louis Blues announced on X, formerly known as Twitter, the signing of Swedish defenseman Samuel Johannesson and forward Marcus Sylvegard. Both skaters played the 2023-2024 season in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL).

Samuel Johannesson

Johannesson, who is 23 years old, scored 11 goals and 16 assists for Orebro HK during the 2023-2024 season. Considered the leader of the defense, Johannesson finished with 27 total points.

Johannesson spent the prior season with the Brynas IF, earning 32 points, 8 goals, and 24 assists.

The Columbus Blue Jackets selected Johannesson in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft as a sixth-round pick, 176th overall.

Johannesson has a two-year contract with the Blues to develop his skills.

Marcus Sylvegard

Like Johannesson, Marcus Sylvegard, age 24, played the 2023-2024 season in the SHL, suiting up for the Vaxjo Lakers.

Over the course of his nine seasons in the SHL , Sylvegard accumulated an impressive total of 68 goals and 72 assists. 

This season, he had a notable year, recording 23 goals, 18 assists, and leading his team with 41 points.

In 2022-2023, he played for the Malmo Redhawks in 52 games, earning 41 points, 17 goals, and 24 assists.

The Blues signed him to a one-year entry-level contract.

Filling Holes

Although it may be an uphill battle, both players have a chance to secure a spot on the roster as the Blues make changes and bolster their team with young players.

Even though Johannesson has an additional year in his contract, fans shouldn't disregard Sylvegard. He had an impressive season, catching the Blues' attention with his 2023-2024 play.  

Given his considerable experience, Sylvegard is well-positioned to compete for a spot on the roster during training camp.