Sometimes, the best addition for an AHL club is placed directly in its lap.
Top prospect Jaden Schwartz decided to go pro after his sophomore season at Colorado College abruptly ended after a playoff series sweep at the hands of the Michigan Tech Huskies. He jumped right into NHL action, signing an entry-level deal with the Blues two days after his team lost. He joined the team for his first NHL practice the next day and then played in his first NHL game four days later. On his first shot, Schwartz scored his first NHL goal to help the Blues beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-1, on March 17, 2012.