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Blues Invite Stu Bickel To Training Camp

He's not going to challenge for a NHL roster spot.

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This is unexpected, but it looks like some of the amateurs who were at Traverse City fit the Blues' needs. They're bringing in a veteran AHL guy with some NHL experience to Bolster the Wolves' defense and, one assumes, act as potential emergency call-up material.

If he makes the cut.

From the Blues' official press release:

St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has invited defenseman Stu Bickel to their 2015 Training Camp on a professional try-out basis.  In addition, the club released Noah Bushnell, Macoy Erkamps, Gabriel Fontaine, Trent Fox, Mathieu Lemay, Liam Murray, Darren Raddysh andCarson Stadnyk, all of whom were on amateur try-outs at the Traverse City prospects tournament this past weekend.

Bickel, 28, dressed in 43 regular season games with the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild last season, posting 11 points (three goals, eight assists) and 93 penalty minutes.  In addition, the 6’4, 207-pound defenseman appeared in nine regular season games with the Minnesota Wild in 2014-15, tallying one assist and 46 penalty minutes.

Overall, the Chanhassen, Minnesota native has played in 76 career National Hockey League (NHL) regular season games, including stints with New York (Rangers) and Minnesota, accumulating 10 assists and 203 penalty minutes.  Bickel has also made 18 career postseason appearances, serving 16 penalty minutes.

A little depth on D never hurt anyone.