St. Louis Blues Sign Physical Defense Prospect

The St. Louis Blues have signed a recent third-round pick to an entry-level deal, inking their 2020 Draft No. 88 overall pick, Leo Loof, to a three-year contract.

It's a two-way ELC, but Loof could still need some seasoning in the AHL, if he isn't loaned back to a European team next season. 

The 21-year-old played the past two years in Finland, this past season with Ilves in the Finnish Liiga, registering 16 points in 55 games, with an impressive plus/minus rating of +22. 

A native of Sweden, Loof also got into some high-level competition while playing for his home country at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championships, helping them to the Bronze medal. 

He's a physical player, certainly suitable for the Blues' style, but he might best be known for receiving a match penalty for this vicious high hit. 

Loof received a one-game suspension for that hit. 

The D-man is the fifth player from the Blues' 2020 draft class to sign an ELC, joining Jake Neighbours, Tanner Dickinson, Matthew Kessel, and Will Cranley.

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