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Soshnikov traded to Blues by Maple Leafs

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Nikita Soshnikov was traded to the St. Louis Blues by the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday for a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

The 24-year-old forward had no points in three games with the Maple Leafs this season. He has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 19 games with Toronto of the American Hockey League.

"We see him as a really good skating, high-energy player, a good complementary player that [coach Mike Yeo] will find a spot for somewhere in the lineup," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong told "Hockey Central" on Sportsnet on Wednesday. "We're just looking to get him comfortable in our group now. It wasn't a grand plan to get this player [because] he fits in perfectly with one or two players, we just wanted to get another good player into our group of 12."

Soshnikov sustained a lower-body injury Nov. 24 and was placed on injured reserve. He was assigned to the AHL for conditioning Feb. 1 and was recalled Feb. 12 but remained on injured reserve.

The Blues said Soshnikov will report to St. Louis in 7-10 days after he has attained a United States visa and will be added to the roster when he is cleared by doctors.

The Maple Leafs were at the maximum number of NHL contracts (50) before the trade.

Signed by the Maple Leafs to a three-year, entry-level contract March 20, 2015, Soshnikov has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 70 NHL games.

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