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."
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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.