The Blues continue to build up their minor league depth, announcing via Twitter that they’ve signed winger Sam Anas to a two-year, two-way contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed but TSN’s Frank Seravalli reports that the deal carries a $725K AAV in the NHL and pays $300K in the AHL next season and $350K at that level in 2021-22.
The 27-year-old is coming off of a career year in the AHL in Minnesota’s system where he led not only Iowa in scoring but the entire league with 20 goals and 50 assists in 63 games, coming close to doubling his output from the year before. However, despite the uptick in production, Anas has yet to have a chance to play in an NHL game.
It will be interesting to see if he gets that opportunity with St. Louis. If not, he’ll be expected to be a top producer with AHL Springfield, assuming he makes it through waivers next season. With the year he just had, that isn’t a guarantee.