Jonas Johnson to Remain in Sweden

By Chris DeGroat

Before the St. Louis Blues decided to draft Jonas Johnson, they made sure the aging Swede was committed to playing in the NHL. Unfortunately, he didn’t stay true to his word.

Late last week, Johnson signed a long-term deal with Vastra Frolunda of the SEL, meaning that the chances of him ever playing in the NHL are very slim.

“Sometimes we wonder if we’re dealing with a 32-year-old? It’s a pity if he had second thoughts, in that case we threw away a draft pick on him,” the Blues European scout Anders Steen told the Göteborgs-Posten, a Swedish newspaper.

According to the reports in the paper, Johnson decided the money wasn’t worth uprooting his family and moving them to the United States.

Note: Because of this report, Johnson will be removed from the Blues’ depth chart.