ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced Monday the club has given qualifying offers to T.J. Oshie, Ben Bishop and Ryan Reaves.
By extending qualifying offers, the Blues will retain the rights of each player as they become Restricted Free Agents.
Oshie, 24, registered 34 points including 12 goals and 22 assists in 49 games last season to go along with 15 penalty minutes and a +10 rating. The 5’11, 195-pound forward posted a career-high seven-game point streak from Oct. 11 to Oct. 28 during which he accumulated a goal and eight assists. Oshie has played in 182 career National Hockey League (NHL) games over three seasons with the Blues, amassing 121 points (44 goals, 77 assists) and 81 penalty minutes. The Everett, Washington native was originally drafted by the Blues in the first round, 24th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Bishop, 24, played in 35 games for the Blues’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate Peoria Rivermen last season, compiling a record of 17-14-2 including a 2.55 goals against average, .914 save percentage as well as two shutouts. The, 6’7”, 215-pound goaltender also appeared in seven games for the Blues posting a 3-4-0 record including a 2.76 goals against average and a .899 save percentage. A native of St. Louis, Bishop was originally drafted by the Blues in the third round, 85th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Reaves, 24, made his NHL debut last season with the Blues on Oct. 11 vs. Anaheim and scored his first goal on Jan. 12 at Anaheim. The 6’1”, 225-pound forward played in 28 games, registering four points (two goals, two assists) along with 78 penalty minutes. Reaves also played in 50 games for the Rivermen last season recording 10 points (four goals, six assists) to go along with 146 penalty minutes. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Reaves was originally drafted by the Blues in the fifth round, 156th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.