The Blues have invited defenseman Ryan Whitney to training camp on a tryout basis.
Whitney was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins fifth overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Following parts of three seasons with the Penguins minor league affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Whitney played his NHL rookie season in 2005–06. Whitney remained in Pittsburgh for three-and-a-half seasons, helping the club to the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals. He was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in 2010 after a brief stint with the Anaheim Ducks.
Last season, he played in 34 games with Edmonton, tallying four goals and nine assists while finishing with a -7 rating. A prime target at the NHL trade deadline but went untraded, Whitney has put up 50 goals and 209 assists during his NHL career. Whitney will have his work cut out for him if he plans on making the Blues, however, as the team already features Jay Bouwmeester, Ian Cole, Kevin Shattenkirk, Barret Jackman, Jordan Leopold and Roman Polak. Currently, potential Canadian Olympian Alex Pietrangelo remains unsigned heading into training camp, but even then, there isn’t a whole lot of room for Whitney to compete.
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