The St. Louis Blues have agreed to a deal (in principle) with prospect Sergey Andronov.
Andronov was drafted by the Blues in the third round (78th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. The 23 year old forward has played in 56 games with the Peoria Rivermen this season, where he has scored eight goals and 19 points. Last year with CSKA Moscow, Andronov appeared in 29 games and posted a goal and two assists with four penalty minutes. In four KHL seasons, with CAKA Moscow and Tolyatti Lada, he produced 24 goals and 44 points, along with 68 penalty minutes.
Andronov skated for Russia in the 2009 World Juniors, tallying three goals and eight points in seven games with a plus-2 and two minutes in penalties. Though mostly a third line player with the Riverman, Andronov has impressed many with his great forecheck and backchecking skills, as well as his great speed down the wing. His ability to play both wings, as well as in the middle, give the Blues flexibility with the young forward if given the chance to make the big club. He has never been known to put a lot of pucks in the net, however he has proven that he can be a hard worker, something along the lines of a Jeff Halpern or Jay McClement.
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