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Blues assign Schmaltz to Wolves

The club has also recalled defenseman Thomas Vannelli

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - The Blues have assigned defenseman Jordan Schmaltz to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.

Schmaltz had been recalled to the Blues a day earlier, just hours before Game 5 vs. Minnesota.

In addition, the Blues have recalled defenseman Thomas Vannelli.

Schmaltz, 23, dressed in nine regular season games with the Blues in 2016-17, posting two assists and four penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound defenseman also made his NHL postseason debut in Game 1 of the first-round series between the Blues and the Minnesota Wild on April 12.

Vannelli, 22, was a second-round pick (47th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft. He split time with the Atlanta Gladiators and Missouri Mavericks of the ECHL this season. In 35 games with Atlanta, he recorded one goal, 16 assists and a plus-2 rating. With Missouri, Vannelli posted two assists in 11 games.

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