The Blues’ training camp roster now includes 65 players.
The St. Louis Blues announced on Tuesday morning that they’ve extended training camp invitations to forward Emerson Clark and defenseman Gus Young, both of whom will participate on a professional tryout basis.
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Clark and Young are both under contract to the Blues’ AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, but do not have NHL deals, so this opportunity will serve as an audition for Clark and Young in case the Blues have a catastrophic injury crisis and need to start plucking players from their AHL club.
Clark actually began his time with the Wolves last season as a professional tryout player–that’s a designation that allows players to be paid on a day-to-day basis, rather than the team guaranteeing them a salary for the full season–but he earned a full-season AHL contract at the conclusion of 2015-16. Clark, a 23-year-old who measures in at 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds, had two goals, five assists, and 62 penalty minutes in 29 games for the Wolves last season.
Young, who agreed to a contract with the Wolves last month, has played in the San Jose Sharks’ system for the past two years after concluding his playing career at Yale. In 68 games last season, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound 25-year-old had three goals, 13 assists, a plus-8 rating, and 59 penalty minutes.
Clark and Young join defenseman/winger Scooter Vaughan as Wolves players who have been invited to Blues training camp. The Blues’ camp roster now stands at 65, though it’s not known yet whether forward Vladimir Sobotka will rejoin the club or return to his KHL team, Avangard Omsk.