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Blues acquire Soshnikov from Maple Leafs

Maple Leafs receive a fourth-round draft pick in 2019 from Blues

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - The Blues have acquired forward Nikita Soshnikov from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in 2019.

Soshnikov, 24, has played in 70 career games with the Maple Leafs since the 2015-16 season, recording seven goals and seven assists (14 points).

"I've heard a lot of really good things," Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo said of Soshnikov. "I think it's going to end up being a good move for our organization... Hearing from some people in Toronto, they really liked him. Coaches liked him, and he's one of those guys that they had a lot of time for."

A native of Nizhny Tagil, Russia, Soshnikov went undrafted in the NHL but played two seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League before signing a three-year deal with the Maple Leafs in 2015.

In his last season with Moscow of the KHL, Soshnikov played in 57 games, recording 14 goals and 18 assists (32 points).

Currently on injured reserve after a conditioning stint with the AHL's Toronto Marlies, Soshnikov has been practicing with the Maple Leafs since Tuesday. He will report to St. Louis in 7-10 days after he has obtained a U.S. visa. He will be added to the active roster when he obtains his visa and is cleared to play by team doctors.

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