Schwartz has signed with the Blues and is joining their team. Wow.
I just read about this now (http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=621883). Pretty amazing that this kid could be go from playing college 1 week to being with arguably the NHL's best team the next. Best of luck to him!
The Washington Capitals have signed T.J. Syner to a 2-year deal that begins this season. Syner who played this past season for UMass-Amherst, had 13 goals and 37 points in 36 games in the NCAA. I'm not totally clear yet on whether this is an AHL or NHL deal, though I'm leaning towards the latter.
Having watched O'Neill play the past 3 years at Yale, I think he's a good player, but he's too small to have much success in the NHL, me thinks. Great offensive instincts and goes into the dirty areas. Good speed, good shot, good passing ability. Pretty decent defensively, too.
But Yale plays a system which over emphasizes transition and speed through the neutral zone and play the forwards extremely aggressively on the forecheck. The system encourages taking chances offensively, and as a result, may lead to inflated offensive numbers, especially when playing lesser skilled clubs in the ECAC.