Walman forgoes senior season at Providence, inks NHL deal with Blues

Jake Walman (PC - 19), David Cotton (BC - 17) - The Boston College Eagles defeated the visiting Providence College Friars 3-1 on Friday, October 28, 2016, at Kelley Rink in Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Melissa Wade)
Jake Walman (left) leaves Providence as the ninth player from the 2015 national championship team to sign an NHL contract (photo: Melissa Wade).

The St. Louis Blues announced Tuesday that Providence junior defenseman Jake Walman has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the club.

Walman, a third-round draft choice (82nd overall) of the Blues in 2014, earned First Team Hockey East All-Star accolades for the second consecutive season after posting seven goals and 18 assists for the Friars in 2016-17.

A reigning First Team All-American, Walman amassed 21 goals and 48 assists for 69 points in 107 career games at Providence.

As a sophomore in 2015-16, Walman led all NCAA defensemen in goals (13), points per game (1.04), power-play goals (8), and game-winning goals (4) in just 27 games played.

Walman is now the ninth member of the Friars’ 2015 national championship squad to ink an NHL entry-level contract.



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