Jimmy Snuggerud will return to the University of Minnesota for his junior season.

Snuggerud, the Blues’ first-round pick (No. 23 overall) in 2022, was considering whether to join the St. Louis Blues for the remainder of the season after his NCAA season ended one win short of competing in the Frozen Four.

“It was a tough ending to this season, and I feel like we have some unfinished business to accomplish,” Snuggerud said in a statement. “I am committed to this team and excited for the opportunity next year with the Gophers.”

Snuggerud has recorded 84 points (42 goals, 42 assists) in 79 career games for the Gophers since being drafted by the Blues. He also helped Team USA capture a gold medal at the 2024 IIHF World Junior Championship by contributing eight points in six games.

“After talking to Jimmy and his family the past couple days, the organization fully supports his decision to commit to another season at the University of Minnesota,” said Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong. “We look forward to watching his continued development towards becoming a solid contributor for the St. Louis Blues in the future by playing a lead role for the Golden Gophers against top college competition next year."