Early this morning, it was announced that the Blues had locked up two members of their team to contract extensions. Veteran defenseman Bortuzzo for the next two seasons and up-and-coming prospect Brown for one season.
These signings, even though we are only at the halfway point of this season, start piecing together next year’s roster and it looks as if Brown will be a part of said roster as his contract is a one-way instead of a two-way, meaning that to send him to the AHL he would have to go through waivers.
The 23-year-old St. Louis native and son of former Blue Jeff Brown has seen success in his short time with the team as he has registered six points (3g, 3a) in 17 games played so far this season after spending almost all of the previous three seasons since being drafted 11th overall in 2018 in Ottawa’s farm system before being acquired from the Ottawa Senators on September 25th, 2021, in exchange for Zach Sanford and a conditional 2022 4th round draft pick.
Bortuzzo, on the other hand, has been around for a while, eight seasons with the Blues and eleven NHL seasons total. The 32-year-old blueliner spent the first three seasons of his career with the Pittsburgh Penguins before being acquired by the Blues all the way back on March 2nd, 2015, in exchange for Ian Cole, who has since gone through several teams before landing with the Carolina Hurricanes for this season.
Bortuzzo brings both physicality and offense to the Blues defense core along with his defensive abilities. He, along with fellow Blues defenseman Colton Parayko, have saved their fair share of goals by blocking shots before they can reach the net.
Over his eight seasons with the team, Bortuzzo has become a fan favorite with his personality and sense of humor.
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