The St. Louis Blues
on Thursday signed Swedish defenseman David Rundblad
, their first-round pick in the 2009 Entry Draft, to an entry-level contract.
"By signing David and adding him to the fold, we continue to keep our blue-line depth strong,” Blues President John Davidson
said in a statement. “We have been impressed with the progress he’s made since we drafted him last year and are looking forward to watching his development towards the NHL.”
The Blues chose Rundblad with the 17th pick in the first round last year.
Rundblad, 19, has spent the past three seasons with Skelleftea of the Swedish Elite League. In 2009-10, the native of Lycksele, Sweden, played in 47 games for Skelleftea, scoring a goal and adding 12 assists for 13 points to go along with 14 penalty minutes. In total, the 6-foot-2, 189-pounder has made 98 appearances for Lycksele, with 1 goal and 22 assists for 23 points, along with 24 penalty minutes.
Rundblad also has represented Sweden in the 2009 and 2010 IIHF World Junior Championships, helping the team capture the silver medal in 2009 and the bronze in 2010. At the 2009 Championship, he posted a goal and an assist to go along with a plus-3 rating in six games, while in 2010 he had 1 goal and 5 assists for 5 points and a plus-9 mark in six games.