One of many NHL players to call southern Saskatchewan home is going to remain a member of the St. Louis Blues.
Wilcox native Jaden Schwartz has signed a five year, 26.75 million dollar contract with the team thus avoiding a scheduled arbitration hearing.
Schwartz played in just 33 regular season games in 2015-16 due to a fractured left ankle that sidelined him for 49 games. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound forward scored 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) in the regular season and ranked third on the club with 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 20 playoff games, helping the Blues to the Western Conference Final for the first time since 2001.
Schwartz was originally drafted by the Blues with the 14th overall pick in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft and has spent his entire five-year career in St. Louis. A two-time 25-goal scorer, Schwartz has accumulated 157 points (70 goals, 87 assists) in 240 career regular season games and 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) in 38 career playoff games.