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Blues sign former 1st rounder Scott Upshall to a 2-way, 1-year deal.

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The Blues add to their collection of underwhelming former 1st round picks by signing Upshall. The 2-way contract is worth $700K in the NHL and $200K in the AHL.

The Blues win the "lucky sixth team" sweepstakes for Scottie Upshall
The Blues win the "lucky sixth team" sweepstakes for Scottie Upshall
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It is the signing you've all been waiting for.  The big roster move that will make the difference this season for the Blues. Yes indeed...the Blues have landed big name forward Scottie Upshall to the roster.

Maybe I exaggerate a bit.

The former Predator/Coyote/Flyer/Panther/Blue Jacket was a better than point-per-game offensive force in the WHL and went 6th overall in 2002.  But the first rounder-turned-jouneyman never managed to translate those skills into offensive success at the NHL level with his current career high in goals being 18 and points being 37.

In all fairness this is a decent deal for the Blues.  The deal is cap-friendly and flexible.  Upshall looks to see mostly 4th line duty but has the offensive ability to fill in on the 3rd line should injuries require.  And, as the 13th forward, if everyone else is healthy and playing well we can ship him to the AHL.

This deal probably means the likelihood of PTO elder-fellow Gomez getting a deal with the Blues is a little lower than it was a few hours ago. Upshall is probably the better fit, being better suited for grittier duty and probably more open to a 2-way deal.

In other news, Lindbohm got shipped to the Wolves along with Ty Rattie and Chris Butler, meaning that rookies Joel Edmundson, Colton Parayko and Robby Fabbri are going to start the season with the big team.