Player News - Blues

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Rookie Robby Fabbri scored twice but it was not enough as the Minnesota Wild defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-3 in a rookie tournament at Traverse City Michigan.

Fabbri was drafted 21st overall in the 2014 Draft and he showed Blues fans why with his goal scoring exhibition. Jacob Doty also scored for the Blues while Mathew Dumba, Gustav Olofsson, Ryan Walters and Christian Folin with the overtime winner, replied for the Wild.
Sep 13 - 10:41 PM

Ty Rattie was impressive in a 6-5 overtime loss between the Blues' and Red Wings' rookies Friday night.

He scored a goal and registered two assists in the contest. The Blues like the way Rattie has matured physically and as a player since they drafted him three years ago and believe he is on the cusp of making the NHL. Even with Jaden Schwartz unsigned at the moment, Rattie will have a tough time cracking the Blues' roster out of training camp. But he should be one of, if not the first, call up should the team suffer an injury.
Source: Blues.com
Sep 13 - 2:00 PM

Chicago Wolves coach John Anderson believes that Ty Rattie will be in the NHL sooner rather than later.

"I think he's right on the cusp," Anderson said. "The one thing about Ty is he's a very coachable young man. He's a great person. He is a great scorer, but usually scorers get that reputation where they don't want to listen. But he's the exact opposite. He wants to do what it takes to get there. He's just a pleasure to coach." Rattie amassed 31 goals and 48 points in 72 games with with the Wolves last year. He didn't pick up a point in two appearances with the Blues. St. Louis has a deep roster, so it's likely that Rattie will begin the year in the minors again.
Source: In the Slot
Sep 11 - 6:28 PM

The St. Louis Blues have inked a one-year affiliation agreement with the ECHL Alaska Aces.

The Blues and Aces were previously affiliated from 2005 to 2012. The Aces won the Kelly Cup for the third time in their franchise's history in 2014.
Sep 9 - 5:18 PM

Jori Lehtera could find quick chemistry in his first NHL season with Vladimir Tarasenko, whom he played with for two seasons in 2010-11 and 2011-12 with KHL club Novosibirsk Sibir.

"We played together in Russia for a couple years, (and) it was a really good time," Tarasenko said. "He’s a really skilled player. He can score, he can pass. I liked to play with him." In the latter season in 2011-12, Lehtera produced at over a point-per-game pace with 26 points in 25 games. Tarasenko notched 38 points in 39 games that same season with Sibir. Lehtera is definitely a first year player to keep an eye on this season.
Sep 7 - 10:23 AM

Brian Elliott said he looks forward to the challenge of being the St. Louis Blues' No. 1 goalie.

"This is Brian Elliott's job. He earned it," Ken Hitchcock told NHL.com. Elliott's noted as a rather unpredictable netminder stats-wise, and with Jake Allen looming as a threat, he's a high-risk/high-reward proposal in fantasy.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 6 - 2:54 PM

Despite rumors that suggest David Backes would be switched to right wing to play alongside newly-signed Paul Stastny, the all-purpose forward will remain at center to start training camp.

In fact, Blues' coach Ken Hitchcock has indicated he would like to have the following pairs work together when camp opens in order to develop chemistry which would form the basis of the team's forward lines: Backes and T.J. Oshie, Stastny and Alexander Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jori Lehtera and Jaden Schwartz and Dmitrij Jaskin. Interesting. Let's see if Hitch sticks with this plan.
Sep 6 - 11:35 AM

Colin Fraser's newly signed one-year, two-way contract comes with a $650,000 cap hit if he plays in the NHL.

Fraser will still earn at least $250,000, even if he spends the entire season in the minors. He'll probably start the 2014-15 campaign in the AHL, but he should be one of the first players the Blues call up in the event of an injury.
Sep 5 - 6:41 PM

Colin Fraser has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the St. Louis Blues.

Fraser had two assists and 30 penalty minutes in 33 games with Los Angeles in 2013-14. He's not likely to make the Blues' opening game roster, but he shouldn't be completely ruled out.
Sep 5 - 6:27 PM

Jaden Schwartz and the St. Louis Blues still have a significant gap to overcome in contract talks.

"I would characterize it as the discussions are ongoing," said Schwartz's agent, Wade Arnott. "We've had lengthy discussions over the past few weeks with (Blues general manager) Doug Armstrong regarding Jaden's situation. We remain significantly apart on our respective positions at this point." Armstrong confirmed that there's a "gap in the level of compensation." Both sides have agreed that a bridge contract is the likely path, but money is the issue here. The Blues want to see more from him before investing heavily in his abilities, while Schwartz's camp feels he proved a lot with an impressive year in 2013-14. Training camp is just two weeks away from opening.
Sep 3 - 5:59 PM

Robby Fabbri has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Fabbri had 45 goals and 87 points in 58 OHL games in 2013-14. He was taken with the 21st overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Sep 2 - 6:40 PM

Ian Cole will be looking to prove that he can be a regular in the Blues' top-six defense group this season.

St. Louis already has firm pairings among their top four, but he has a shot at earning a spot. "This is a real opportunity for Ian," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He's paid his dues. He spent time in the minors. He's spent time as the seventh defenseman. He's matured as a person and as a player. It's his time." Cole will have to wrestle the sixth position from Jordan Leopold and Chris Butler at training camp. He played 46 games last season, where he recorded 11 points, 68 blocks and a plus-15 rating. "There’s an open spot, a regular shift. There’s everything there waiting for him, just step up and grab it."
Sep 1 - 12:01 PM

A scorer in the KHL, new Blues center Jori Lehtera was brought over to do just that in St. Louis this season, but its unknown how much of his overseas success can translate into the NHL as a rookie.

The 26 year old notched 44 points in 48 games with Novosibirsk Sibir of the KHL last season, and has produced at close to a point-per-game pace throughout his professional career in Finland and Russia. The 6'2, 191 pounder should slot right in to the Blues' everyday lineup, but will have to put on a show in order to play with offensive wingers who might flank Paul Stastny and David Backes.
Aug 31 - 9:09 PM

Ryan Reaves was rewarded with a four-year contract in January and he's continued to work hard on his game to make sure that he stays in the St. Louis lineup.

"I think you can always do more," he said of his summer training. "Since I've been with St. Louis permanently, I've tweaked a couple of things and really started to work on things that they want me to work on. And some things I want to work on, too. When you're on a team with as many good players as we have, you always want to be working on the next thing, just to make sure you have that spot on the team." He collected 126 penalty minutes and 211 hits in 63 games last season, while averaging 8:31 of ice time per contest.
Aug 29 - 10:01 AM

Paul Stastny is excited to have an opportunity to win in the city where he spent most of his childhood.

"In the end, you just want to win," Stastny said. "You want to be comfortable in an area that you know away from hockey. What better area than going back home? For me, it's about winning and I look at this team, how good they are and how deep they are. I know in the last couple years, they've been that close. They could have beaten Chicago, Chicago could have easily beaten L.A. and been the Cup champions [this past season]. They had good battles with L.A. when L.A. won (in 2012 and 2013). It's so hard to win. That's what you're really looking at, is looking at the best chance to win with a good group of guys and I think that's what we have here." He signed a four-year, $28 million deal with the Blues on the first day of free agency and is slated to be the club's top center this season.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 26 - 9:01 PM


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