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How the 2016-17 Blues Were Built

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - Now that free agency has settled down and Jaden Schwartz’s contract situation has been sorted out, the 2016-17 Blues team appears to be set.

The club lost a few veteran players this summer, including David Backes and Troy Brouwer - who left via free agency - and Brian Elliott, who was traded to the Calgary Flames at the 2016-17 draft. Key offseason moves include locking up Jake Allen for the next five years, signing Schwartz to a five-year deal, and bringing in free agents David Perron and goalie Carter Hutton.

There’s still more than two months until the season begins, so things could change: Vladimir Sobotka is expected to officially return and General Manager Doug Armstrong could still make a few tweaks to his roster. But for the most part, the 2016-17 Blues appear to be set.

Here’s how the team has been built:


Jake Allen - second round (34th overall) in 2008

Patrik Berglund - first round (25th overall) in 2006

Joel Edmundson - second round (46th overall) in 2011

Robby Fabbri - first round (21st overall) in 2014

Dmitrij Jaskin - second round (41st overall) in 2011

Jori Lehtera - third round (65th overall) in 2008

Colton Parayko - third round (86th overall) in 2012

Alex Pietrangelo - first round (4th overall) in 2008

Ty Rattie - second round (32nd overall) in 2011

Ryan Reaves - fifth round (156th overall) in 2005

Jaden Schwartz - first round (14th overall) in 2010

Vladimir Tarasenko - first round (16th overall) in 2010


Robert Bortuzzo
acquired from Pittsburgh, along with a 2016 seventh-round pick, in exchange for Ian Cole on March 2, 2015

Jay Bouwmeester
acquired from Calgary in exchange for Mark Cundari, the rights to Reto Berra and a 2013 first-round pick on April 1, 2013

Carl Gunnarsson
acquired from Toronto in exchange for a 2014 fourth-round pick (Ville Husso) and Roman Polak on June 30, 2014

Magnus Paajarvi
acquired from Edmonton for a 2014 second-round pick (Ivan Barbashev) in exchange for David Perron on July 10, 2013

Kevin Shattenkirk
acquired from Colorado along with Chris Stewart and a 2011 second-round pick (Ty Rattie) in exchange for Erik Johnson, Jay McClement and a 2011 first-round pick on Feb. 19, 2011.

Vladimir Sobotka
Armstrong has indicated he expects Sobotka to return after two seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League. Sobotka was originally acquired from the Boston Bruins in exchange for David Warsofsky on June 26, 2010.

Alexander Steen
acquired from Toronto along with Carlo Colaiacovo in exchange for Lee Stempniak on Nov. 24, 2008.


Kyle Brodziak - signed July 3, 2015

Carter Hutton - signed July 1, 2016

David Perron- signed July 1, 2016
Perron was originally drafted by the Blues in the first round (26th overall) in 2007. He spent six seasons with the Blues and returned this summer as a free agent.

Paul Stastny - signed July 1, 2014

Scottie Upshall - signed Oct. 5, 2015

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