Jimmy Snuggerud of the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
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St. Louis Blues prospect Jimmy Snuggerud to return to the NCAA in 2024

Published April 2, 2024 at 6:34 PM

The St. Louis Blues were looking to get top prospect Jimmy Snuggerud to the NHL soon, but it appears they now have to wait one more season.

While there was hope from the Blues that Jimmy Snuggerud would be making the jump to the NHL immediately, the former No. 23 overall pick has now revealed his future.

In a statement released by St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong, he revealed that Snuggerud will officially return to the NCAA next season to play his third season with the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

"After talking to Jimmy and his family the past couple days, the organization fully supports his decision to commit to another season at the University of Minnesota. We look forward to watching his continued development towards becoming a solid contributor for the St. Louis Blues in the future by playing a lead role for the Golden Gophers against top college competition next year." - Doug Armstrong

In 79 games played with the Gophers, the 19-year old winger has tallied 42 goals and 84 points, and now, he will continue his development at the NCAA level rather than the NHL. If and when he makes the jump to the NHL, he'll still be young enough to be a major piece of their future, and if he can develop and have another great year for Minnesota, he may end up being a genuine star at the NHL level.

For now though, Blues fans will have to wait a minimum of 12-months to see the 2022 first-round draft pick, who clearly has all the potential in the world, with the hope that he can make an immediate NHL impact when the time comes.

Source: Blade of Steel

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