The St. Louis Blues will be down at least one young forward prospect in training camp this year. GM Doug Armstrong told reporters including Lou Korac of NHL.com today that Erik Foley failed his physical as he tries to return from his concussion symptoms and isn’t close to getting back on the ice. In a a depressing quote, Armstrong told Korac there is “no light at the end of the tunnel” for Foley right now.
The 22-year old winger was acquired from the Winnipeg Jets in February 2018 as part of the return for Paul Stastny, and ended up signing his three-year entry-level contract a month later. The plan was for him to leave Providence College and jump into the professional system, but after suffering a concussion at the team’s rookie tournament last summer was unable to play in a single game during the 2018-19 season. The fact that he hasn’t even gotten back on the ice is an extremely disappointing outcome at this point.
Selected in the third round four years ago, Foley developed nicely with the Friars and was a gold medalist with Team USA at the World Juniors. A talented offensive player that can bring some physicality and agitation, he seemed perfectly suited to the style that head coach Craig Berube has brought to the Blues. Hopefully at one point down the road he can get back onto his development track and help the team, though it obviously won’t be anytime soon.