Goaltender Jordan Binnington, the Blues' third pick (88th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, has signed an entry-level contract.
LINK to article at Blues dot com.
In his third season with the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario League, Binnington posted a 21-17-0-1 record and played 2304 minutes in 39 games. The 6'2, 167-pounder from Richmond Hill, Ontario posted a career-low 2.99 GAA and a career-high 90.6% save percentage this season, along with his second OHL career shutout, a 31-save effort vs. Peterborough on Feb. 11.
Binnington signed an Amateur Tryout (ATO) contract with Peoria after the Attack bowed out of the 2012 OHL playoffs, and made his pro debut on Apr. 15, turning aside 35 of 38 shots faced and earning the game's third star in a losing effort on the road at Allstate Arena vs. the Chicago Wolves.
Binnington, who turns 19 years of age on Jul. 11, will "slide" the first year of his ELC to 2013-14 if, as expected, he is returned to junior after the Blues' training camp in September. He is not yet age-eligible to turn pro in the AHL (although he can do so immediately after the Attack play their last game of the 2012-13 season), so the Blues or Owen Sound are his options to begin next season.