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Blues lose another forward to KHL

Aug 4, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

Sergei Andronov AP

The St. Louis Blues have reportedly lost another forward to the KHL.

According to RSport out of Russia, forward Sergei Andronov has signed with CSKA Moscow. Andronov spent the past two seasons in the Blues farm system with the Peoria Rivermen and Chicago wolves.

In his two AHL seasons, Andronov scored 21 goals with 24 assists over 112 games. He was recalled three times by the Blues last season but did not appear in a game. He was a third-round pick by the team in 2009. Before coming to North America, he played three seasons with CSKA.

The Blues had already lost forward Vladimir Sobotka to the KHL when he signed a deal with Avangard Omsk. Seeing Jori Lehtera bolt the KHL for the Blues hit hard for the Russian league.

  1. bluesdroogie - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    i saw Andronov play against Grand rapids shortly after the lockout ended and he really did not impress me much at all. I understand was still young and new to the north american game at that point. I guess with all the depth up front that the Blues have it would have been very hard for him to crack the NHL lineup even with injuries.

  2. thedhneeds2go - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    As a lifelong fan, I’m giving up. We’re never getting past the 1st round (if we even make the playoffs at all) and this kind of stuff adds to our permanent position of mediocrity

    • cardsandbluesforever - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:37 AM

      um yeah a mediocre AHL level player who never earned a spot on the team since he was drafted in the 3rd round in 2009 leaving for the KHL is gonna be the lynch-pin of a Stanley cup team….

      just like sobotka- mediocre, and WAY over-rated by the fans- that one playoff goal he scored was really gonna put us over the top…

      • timmmah10 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:51 AM

        It’s not just that one goal… he is rated quiet highly in video games, so he must be good!

      • bluesdroogie - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:56 PM

        Sobotka is not mediocre. He may not be able to rack up the goals, but his line with Tarasenko and Schwartz was one of our best last year. Basically anyone you put between Tarasenko and Schwartz. Sobotka is a 3rd line grinder that can hold onto the puck and help keep the puck in the offensive zone. To say he is mediocre is not correct. He is better than ott but no where near worth the money he is getting paid over in the KHL. i heard in north america is was equal to close to 6 million a season. NOT that good. Better than mediocre though.

    • Sean J - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      With all the forwards the Blues will have in camp this season, Andronov was destined for another year in Chicago with little chance for call-up save major injury catastrophe. It’s unlikely the guy would’ve ever worn the Bluenote with any regularity, and to ALL the players leaving for the KHL I say, don’t let the door hit you on your way out. The KHL will NEVER be to hockey what the NHL is, regardless of what continent you’re playing on.

    • rmccleary97 - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      Agreed, I was all ready for the Cup parade down Market – but it all hinged on Andronov being in the system. He was the lynchpin, the key to success – him and his 21 goals, 24 assists in 112 career AHL games (and 0-0-0 in 5 postseason games). With him gone, I don’t know how we keep everything else together. We’ll be lucky to go 8-67-5 this year (yes I know, that’s only 80 games – by that point, no one will care about the other 2).

    • bluesdroogie - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      Its fans like you that give the rest of us bad names. The guy could not crack our lineup. the only call ups he had he was a healthy scratch in every game.

  3. stlbluesfan - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    He was never going to make it to the Blues roster.Too many young forwards with a lot more talent!!

  4. rsmaggiemae - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Are the Russian players always in such a hurry to make it to the NHL???
    It seems to me that they want to be on the first line of a team in thier first year…
    I can see in some instances why some teams shy away from drafting players from Russia. It has not worked out for many teams in the NHL and a few did …

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