Skip to main content
The Official Site of the St. Louis Blues

Blues acquire Sundqvist, pick from Penguins

Penguins acquire Ryan Reaves, 51st pick in 2017 from Blues

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - After trading one of their first-round picks (No. 27) to the Philadelphia Flyers in a deal that brought center Brayden Schenn to St. Louis, the Blues acquired another one by making a deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Blues acquired 23-year-old center Oskar Sundqvist, along with the 31st overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, in exchange for forward Ryan Reaves and their second-round pick (No. 51 overall).

"Working with Ryan from the Peoria days and watching him come up, and mature on and off the ice... that was a real difficult one for me personally," Armstrong said. "Getting the opportunity to get pick 31, get a player that we were excited to have, plus another young center ice man… just made it to the point where we had to do it."

Video: Armstrong exclusive interview on first round of draft

Sundqvist made his NHL debut with the Penguins in the 2015-16 season and has played in 18 games for Pittsburgh, registering one goal and three assists. A native of Boden, Sweden, Sundqvist was a third-round pick of Pittsburgh back in 2012.

In 63 games with the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton in the American Hockey League, he registered 20 goals and 26 assists (46 points).

At 6-foot-3, Sundqvist will give the Blues plenty of size down the middle.

View More