|Schwartz went 14th overall in the 2010 draft. (Getty Images)|
While the Nashville Predators continue to wait to see if they will be getting a boost down the stretch from former first-round draft pick Alex Radulov, their division rivals to the west in St. Louis will get a former first-round pick on their roster on Tuesday in Chicago.
The Blues on Monday announced they have signed their first pick in the 2010 draft, Jaden Schwartz . Schwartz, who was attending Colorado College, is a highly regarded offensive player who captained the Canadian Junior National Team to the bronze medal earlier this year in Alberta, scoring two goals with three assists in the six games.
Schwartz elected to play his junior hockey first in the USHL then the NCAA instead of the CHL. At each stop he has been better than a point-per-game player, including 15 goals and 26 assists in 30 games for Colorado College this season.
The other contenders in the West and for the Presidents' Trophy can't be too enthused about this signing by the Blues. If you were to point to something they need to be better, I think everybody would pick scoring as the culprit. That's a big part of what Schwartz can bring to the table for them.
“Jaden had an excellent college career and we are excited that he is ready to make the jump to the NHL,” Blues GM Doug Armstrong said. “He will add depth to the skill level on our team and give us some options as we begin this stretch drive.”
“It's been a dream of mine to play in the NHL and I'm excited to be able to do it as a St. Louis Blue,” Schwartz said. “The Blues are having a terrific season and I will do whatever they need me to do just to help out.”
Schwartz is the brother of Mandi Schwartz, the Yale hockey player who died at the age of 23 from her battle with leukemia and was an inspiration to people across the continent.