Blues additions make them 'top five' team in NHL, Edmundson says –

ST. LOUIS — Joel Edmundson believes the St. Louis Blues are among the elite teams in the NHL following the additions of forwards Ryan O’Reilly, David Perron, Tyler Bozak and Patrick Maroon.

“We think we’re top five in the NHL right now,” the Blues defenseman said Friday after he avoided arbitration and signed a one-year, $3 million contract July 24. “We want to come into camp and from camp on we want to be one of the top teams in the League. We were middle of the pack last season, but with the team we have and the confidence we have, we’re excited to come to camp with a new team, new look. It’s going to be a good year. We’re excited and we’re looking forward to it.”

Edmundson was trying to sign a long-term contract after becoming a restricted free agent July 1, but the 25-year-old will instead focus on helping the Blues return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after they failed to qualify last season for the first time since 2010-11.

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A second-round pick (No. 46) by the Blues in the 2011 NHL Draft, Edmundson has 41 points (11 goals, 30 assists) in 205 regular-season games and seven points in 27 playoff games. He averaged an NHL career-high 20:44 last season playing mostly with Alex Pietrangelo or Colton Parayko and had seven goals and 10 assists in 69 games.

The Blues open the season against the Winnipeg Jets at St. Louis on Oct. 4.

Video: [email protected]: Edmundson’s long wrist shot beats Varlamov

“It’s been on my mind the past few months, but it’s nice to finally get [the contract] over with,” Edmundson said. “I’m really excited to be back in St. Louis for another year. Looking at our team right now,

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