Buchnevich signed a four-year, $23.2 million contract with the Blues on Tuesday. Buchnevich, who was recently acquired by St. Louis via a trade, drew into 54 games with the Rangers last season, racking up 20 goals, 28 helpers and 120 shots while averaging 18:44 of ice time per contest. The 26-year-old Russian should see top-six minutes while being deployed on one of the Blues' power-play units in 2021-22, so he could once again approach the point-per-game threshold.
Buchnevich was brought in by the Blues from the Rangers in a swap for Sammy Blais and a 2022 second-round pick, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. Buchnevich is on the move after setting a new personal best in points (48) and registering the second 20-goal campaign of his career. The acquisition of a winger of Buchnevich's quality will help bolster St. Louis' top six in the light of Jaden Schwartz's potential departure. In addition to slotting into a first-line role, Buchnevich should be considered a near-lock for the No. 1 power play, which sets him up well to produce top-end fantasy value this year.
Buchnevich notched three assists in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Bruins. All three helpers came in a wild third period after the two teams were deadlocked 1-1 heading into the second intermission. Buchnevich only had one point, an assist, in his prior five games, but he was able to end the campaign on a high note, setting a new career high with 48 points (20 goals, 28 helpers) on the season in the process.
Buchnevich (suspension) is back in the lineup for Saturday's season finale against the Bruins, Vince Z. Mercogliano of USA Today Sports reports. Buchnevich sat one game for his retaliatory punch to the face of Anthony Mantha, stick-in-hand. The Russian power forward needs one goal and one point to tie his career highs from 2018-19 and 2019-20, respectively, as Buchnevich has enjoyed his most productive season despite the shortened nature of the 2020-21 campaign.
Buchnevich has been suspended for one game for high-sticking Washington's Anthony Mantha during Wednesday's loss to the Capitals. Buchnevich will miss Thursday's game versus Boston, but he'll be eligible to return for Saturday's regular-season finale against the Bruins. With Buchnevich unavailable, look for Jonny Brodzinski to draw into the Rangers' lineup for Thursday's contest.
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