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From today's Morning Skate:

HAKANPAA CALLED UP

The Blues announced the call up of defenseman Jani Hakanpaa from Peoria this morning. Click here is the blog written by my colleague Dan O'Neill with more details on Hakanpaa.

After playing 14 games in Peoria, Hakanpaa wrapped up his season last weekend and was planning to head home to Finland. But then he got the word from Tim Taylor, the Blues director of player development, that he was headed to St. Louis.

"I was stunned," Hakanpaa said. "Like no words. It felt unreal at first. It took a while before I really understood what happened. On the way here, I understood, 'Hey, I'm really coming here.'"

Hakanpaa is expected to play with the Blues, but when the playoffs begin, you never know how things play out with injuries. The club already has Kris Russell and Ian Cole ready to go ahead of him. But in the meantime, Hakanpaa will be on the practice ice.

"I'm enjoying it," he said. "Just trying to soak in everything, learn from the guys and use that to my advantage next year."

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