Blues First-Round Pick Signs Entry-Level Contract

Otto Stenberg, drafted 25th overall by the Blues in 2023, has signed his three-year rookie contract after improving his stock with a strong performance at the 2023 U18 World Championship and showing potential in the Swedish leagues, joining other 2023 Blues picks under contract.

The Blues? Oh, they were all over the place on draft day 2023. They had not one, not two, but three first-round picks. And guess what? One of those picks, Otto Stenberg, just hadn’t signed his entry-level deal. Well, that changed on Wednesday.

Stenberg, the 25th overall pick, finally put pen to paper. He’s officially on a three-year rookie contract with the team. The details on the cash? Mum’s the word from the club.

Now, Stenberg’s almost 19, and his journey’s been a bit of a rollercoaster. Last season, his numbers weren’t exactly screaming “first-round material.” Playing in Sweden’s junior leagues, he didn’t quite light up the scoreboard as expected. But then, the U18 World Championship happened in 2023.

And boy, did he show up. Stenberg was on fire, scoring seven goals and amassing 16 points in just seven games. His performance was so stellar, he helped the Swedes snag a silver medal and earned himself a spot on the All-Star team.

Post-draft? Things looked up for Stenberg. He found his groove in the pros, even if his time on the ice was a bit on the short side with Frölunda in the Swedish Hockey League. Then there was his stint with BIK Karlskoga. There, he was nothing short of spectacular, proving he’s got what it takes.

His loan spell ended with a bang, too. Stenberg was a key player in the SHL qualification tournament, even though Karlskoga fell short in the semis. And let’s not forget his World Juniors performance – third in team scoring!

Here’s the kicker: Stenberg’s still got time on his side. If he plays fewer than 10 NHL games next season, his contract slides to the 2025-26 season. That means he won’t hit free agency until 2028, whether he likes it or not.

Stenberg’s now in good company, joining other 2023 Blues picks like Dalibor Dvorský and Theo Lindstein under contract. Fun fact: the Blues got the pick for Stenberg from the Maple Leafs in a trade involving Ryan O’Reilly. And the Blues? They’ve been on a signing spree, snapping up talent left and right.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
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