Colorado College sophomore forward Jaden Schwartz signed with the NHL’s St. Louis Blues Monday and will forgo his last two years of NCAA eligibility.
Schwartz will join the Blues in Chicago and could make his pro debut Tuesday night against the Blackhawks.
“Jaden had an excellent college career and we are excited that he is ready to make the jump to the NHL,” said Blues GM Doug Armstrong in a statement. “He will add depth to the skill level on our team and give us some options as we begin this stretch drive.”
“It’s been a dream of mine to play in the NHL and I’m excited to be able to do it as a St. Louis Blue,” added Schwartz. “The Blues are having a terrific season and I will do whatever they need me to do just to help out.”
According to a report in the Colorado Springs Gazette on Monday, Schwartz’s older brother, Rylan, a junior with the Tigers, may also sign a pro deal and leave school.
Jaden Schwartz was the Blues’ first-round pick in 2010 and tallied 32 goals and 56 assists in 60 games the past two seasons with Colorado College, leading the team in scoring both seasons. He also captained Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championship.