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06-06-2012, 02:55 PM
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Darryl Edestrand – Toronto
There are going to be many new names heard from in the NHL’s 1967 expansion season….Darryl Edestrand has the potential to be one of them.
Last year an injury suffered in a freak accident during the seventh game of the American Hockey League season with Rochester slowed down the progress of young Edestarnd. Darryl was beginning only his 24th game as a pro.
At 21, the 5’11”, 175 lb rear guard, joins the Blues after a promising amateur career. Edestrand was an all star selection in both Jr B and Jr A categories with teams in London, Ontario. He was twice selected as his league’s top defenseman as well as ranking as its highest backline scorer.
Darryl turned pro carrying a “tough guy” image having once been suspended for fighting. Although he doesn’t look for trouble, Edestarnd won’t turn his back when it comes his way as his abbreviated AHL career has shown.
Traded to Philadelphia by St. Louis with Gerry Melynk for Lou Angotti and Ian Campbell, Jun 11, 1968.
Played only 12 games for the Blues. No points in those 12 games.
Norm Beaudin – Detroit
A six year pro, Norm Beaudin is a young man who is beginning to make his mark.
Norm’s greatest ability is scoring and last year, score, he did. His 39 goals for Memphis was the best in the CPHL. To this total Beaudin added 37 assists - a big reason why the Wings climbed out of the league’s basement to make last season’s Central League playoffs.
A 25 year old winger, who has constantly been able to put the puck in the net, Norm turned pro with Hull-Ottawa in 1962 after being voted the MVO of his Regina Pats Junior club.
A top point getter, a clever man with the stick, this Western Canadian will be getting his first NHL ice time with the Blues.
Loaned to Buffalo (AHL) by St. Louis for the 1968-69 season for cash, Sep 1968.
Traded to Buffalo (AHL) by St. Louis with Norm Dennis for cash, May 13, 1969.
Traded to St. Louis by NY Rangers (Buffalo-AHL) with Camille Henry for cash, Jun 27, 1969.
Traded to Montreal by St. Louis with Bobby Schmautz for Ernie Wakely, Jun 27, 1969.
First St Louis Blues Goal Oct 28 1967 vs Montreal Canadiens
Hat trick CHL Playoffs Apr 6 1968 Kansas City Blues vs Memphis
Larry Keenan – Toronto
Injuries have plagued Larry Keenan’s 6 year pro career.
Last season Larry fractured his foot coming off the boards and played in only 17 games with Victoria in the Western Hockey league.
This was par for the course for the young man from North Bay. At the beginning of 65-66, he was forced to undergo a knee operation and missed training camp and a berth on the Toronto club. Joining the Victoria Leafs he was well on his way but again became sideline with a broken wrist. Larry returned to the ice for the playoffs and sparkled as Victoria clinched the League championship.
Larry is now sound and ready for a good season with the Blues. His healthy 64-65 efforts proved he could score as he banged in 35 goals. As a 35 goal pivot who can play either wing and kill penalties to boot, Keenan will receive plenty of consideration from the Blues this campaign.
Traded to Buffalo by St. Louis with Jean-Guy Talbot for Bob Baun, Nov 4, 1970.
Scored winning Goal to put St Louis Blues in Stanley Cup finals Apr 30 1970 vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Was ready to retire before being selected by St Louis Blues 1967 expansion draft
Set St Louis Blues career Playoff record Game Winning Goals (6)
Tied St Louis Blues Playoffs Goals (7) 1969-70
Scored 2 Goals in 3rd period vs Minnesota North Stars Mar 30 1968 to clinch playoff spot; Blues won game 3-2
Scored series winning goal (Game 6) vs Pittsburgh Penguins Apr 30 1970 to put Blues in Stanley Cup final
Scored OT Playoff Goal Apr 10 1968 St Louis Blues vs Philadelphia Flyers
Scored first Goal in St Louis Blues franchise history Oct 11 1967 vs Minnesota North Stars
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