The St. Louis Blues have announced today that the club have signed defenseman Joel Edmundson and forward Yannick Veilleux to three-year entry level contracts.
Edmunson, a native of Brandon, Manitoba, was drafted by the Blues in the second round (46th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. The 19 year old has appeared in 60 games between the Western Hockey League’s Moose Jaw Warriors and Kamloops Blazers this season, good for 25 points as well as 133 penalty minutes. Last year, Edmundson was plus-13 with 4 goals and 19 assists in 56 games and his 91 penalty minutes were fourth-most on the team. Moose Jaw reached the playoff semifinals and Edmundson was plus-2 with 3 goals and 2 assists and had 12 penalty minutes in 14 playoff games.
The Quebec born Veilleux was drafted by the Blues in the fourth round (102nd overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. He has appeared in 58 games with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Moncton Wildcats this season, posting 30 goals and 65 points to go along with 94 penalty minutes. Veilleux is known as a strong skater with good balance and has the physicality to become a possible power forward in the NHL, something along the likes of a Mark Recchi or Gary Roberts. Over four seasons in the Q, Veilluex has recorded 79 goals and 180 points, as well as 220 penalty minutes in 240 games.
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