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Blues notebook: De la Rose signs with team in Sweden

Blues notebook: De la Rose signs with team in Sweden

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St. Louis Blues center Jacob De La Rose takes control of the puck near the goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. Photo by Sara Diggins, sdiggins@post-dispatch.com

Jacob de la Rose’s short and unspectacular tenure with the Blues has ended.

The 26-year-old center is returning to his native country, signing a three-year contract with Farjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League.

“The idea of moving home has been with me for a while, and now I felt that the situation was right” de la Rose told the Farjestad website.

De la Rose was acquired by the Blues in the Robby Fabbri trade with Detroit on Nov. 6, 2019. Playing mainly on the fourth line, he appeared in 47 regular-season games for the Blues over two seasons — and just 13 this season.

He had one goal and four assists in 34 games in the 2019-20 season, and also played in five games in the team’s playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks with no goals or assists.

This season, de la Rose had no goals and one assist in his 13 games, and did not appear in the playoffs. De la Rose was solid defensively and could be physical, but as evidenced by his time in St. Louis, had trouble scoring goals.

In 242 regular-season NHL games with the Blues, Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens, de la Rose scored only 13 goals and never more than four in any one season.

With the Blues, de la Rose was scheduled to be an arbitration-eligible restricted free agent this offseason.

Washkurak signs

Forward Keean Washkurak signed a three-year, two-way entry level contract with the Blues, the team announced Tuesday. Washkurak, 19, was scheduled to play in the Ontario Hockey League this season, but with the OHL shut down due to COVID-related issues, he played instead for HK Levice in the Slovakia2 league, scoring nine goals with 10 assists in 21 games.

He completed his season playing three games for the Utica Comets in the American Hockey League with no goals or assists. The native of Kitchener, Ontario, was selected in the fifth round, No. 155 overall, by the Blues in the 2019 NHL draft.

Tarasenko’s day

Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko had an assist in 16 minutes 37 seconds of ice time Tuesday for Russia in its 6-0 romp over Belarus at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship. Russia finished first in Group A, and opens the single-elimination playoffs Thursday against Canada, which finished fourth in Group B.

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