The St. Louis Blues announced they have signed goaltender Ville Husso to a one-year, two-way contract. Husso, the team’s top prospect in goal even before the emergence of Jordan Binnington, avoids arbitration, which was set for this coming Monday. No salary information was released.
Husso was coming off two impressive seasons in the AHL the previous two years as he posted a .920 save percentage in 22 games with the Chicago Wolves in the 2016-17 season and then followed that up with a .922 save percentage in 38 appearances in 2017-18 with the San Antonio Rampage. It was believed that Husso would be the first goaltender to get recalled last year, but instead Husso struggled all season with an ankle injury with many of the belief that he was never healthy all season. He played just 27 games and finished with a 3.67 GAA and a .871 save percentage. Instead, Binnington got the call and put together one of the most impressive goaltender runs in half a season.
This will be a critical season for 24-year-0ld Husso as he is likely to get the majority of starts with San Antonio and if he can find his old game, could provide the Blues with an impressive tandem down the road as the team might be able to eventually move the contract of Jake Allen. Husso, was a fourth-round pick back in 2014 and was honored as the Finnish Elite League’s top netminder in 2014-15.
The Blues are now down to three restricted free agents now, including Joel Edmundson, Ivan Barbashev and Oskar Sundqvist, whose arbitration hearing is next, on July 24.