ST LOUIS, MO—There are 6 restricted free agents whose qualifying offers have been extended by the St. Louis Blues.
Ivan Barbashev, Pavel Buchnevich, Dakota Joshua, Jordan Kyrou, Zach Sanford, and Robert Thomas received qualifying offers.
When free agency opens on July 28, the Blues will have negotiating rights with these players after extending qualifying offers. Without qualifying offers, unrestricted free agents will become available.
Moncton selected Barbashev No. 1 in the 2012 Canadian Hockey League import draft. In 68 games the following season, he added 62 points (18 goals, 44 assists).
St. Louis Blues selected the Moscow native in the second round (No. 33) of the 2014 NHL Draft after he racked up 68 points (25 goals, 43 assists) in 48 games with Moncton in 2013-14.
Made it evident during New York Rangers development camp on June 28, 2016, that he was ready for the challenges he would face during his first season in North America.
Buchnevich realized he wasn't ready the year before, so he opted to play in the Kontinental Hockey League. At Severstal Cherepovets and SKA St. Petersburg, he set career highs in goals (16), assists (21) and points (37) and helped the latter reach the Western Conference Finals with one goal and two assists.
On July 12, 2019, Toronto traded Joshua to St. Louis for future considerations.
His biggest NHL goal came at home when he was playing at home. In-game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, he scored the winning goal for the St. Louis Blues against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.
In 37 games for the Islanders Hockey Club in the Eastern Junior Hockey League, Sanford had 36 points (12 goals, 24 assists).
The Washington Capitals selected Sanford in the second round (No. 61) of the 2013 NHL Draft. His US Hockey League career began in 2013-14 with Waterloo, where he had 35 points (17 goals, 18 assists) in 52 games. He then played two seasons at Boston College, earning 63 points (20 goals, 43 assists) in 79 games.
The 19-year-old Thomas made his NHL debut as a first-round pick (No. 20) of the St. Louis Blues in the 2017 NHL Draft. He finished with 33 points (nine goals, 24 assists) in 70 games as a rookie in 2018-19, then added six points (one goal, five assists) in the Stanley Cup Playoffs to help the Blues win their first title since 1967.
The Blues signed Thomas to a three-year, entry-level contract on Sept. 28, 2017, and he was returned to the Ontario Hockey League's London. Following his return to the OHL after winning the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, he was dealt with by Hamilton.
Hamilton won the league championship and advanced to the Memorial Cup Final with his 32 points (12 goals, 20 assists) in 21 postseason games.
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