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Joel Edmundson inks two-year extension with Blues

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The St. Louis Blues drafted blue liner Joel Edmundson with the 46th overall selection at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Since then, the defenseman has recorded one goal and nine points in 66 NHL games, all played this season. He’s one of the team’s rookies for the year who’s impressed the club, though, enough to earn himself a two year extension.

The Blues announced Edmundson’s contract on Friday afternoon, confirming that the blue liner will make $2.1 million total over the next two seasons to carry him further into restricted free agency.

The 22 year old skater spent the last two full seasons playing with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves following his graduation from the WHL, but this year only saw the prospect record six games with the minor league club before making the jump to the NHL. Since arriving with St. Louis, he’s slowly begun to carve out a role for himself within the franchise – and while he likely still has some work left to do before the team can be sure of exactly what he has to offer, there’s obviously enough there that they like to quantify how much he’s worth to them in the bridge deal inked at the start of April.

With Edmundson wrapped up until the end of the 2017-18 season, the Blues can now turn to some of their other more pressing contracts moving forward. The Central Division club will need to decide what to do about veterans like David Backes and Troy Brouwer – both of whom are unrestricted free agents this summer – while deciding what to do about Jaden Schwartz (an RFA who has impressed the club) as well as Magnus Paajarvi (an RFA who has been waived multiple times since arriving in St. Louis).

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