ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues’ President John Davidson announced today the club has signed forward Ian Schultz.
Schultz, 19, played for the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL last season, notching 41 points (15 goals, 26 assists) along with 127 penalty minutes in 58 games played. The 6-2, 200-pound forward was selected in the third round, 87th overall by the Blues in the 2008 Entry Draft.
I don't really know anything about this player, can you guys tell me a bit about him?
He's got potential but be a good checking line forward in the NHL. He won't be in the NHL this season though as he's pretty much certain to be returned to his Jr team, the Calgary Hitmen (he's too young to be sent to Peoria). This was just the Blues getting signing him out of the way and gets him a little bonus money to spend. Look for him to make his pro debut with Peoria for the 2010-11 season.
Some of you may remeber a few weeks back when I wrote the Blues had signed this kid in June but his contract was rejected by the league because his contract was registered during a dead period. He was officialy signed last Wednesday.
He looked ok today at the skate very short stride for a taller guy, shoit is solid but never opened up. Lacks NHL speed, will need a lot of time to grow into a power role/grinder bc he lacks the explosiveness.