Hockey East

Providence’s Jake Walman Forgoes Final Season, Signs With St. Louis

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St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced on Tuesday that Providence College junior defenseman Jake Walman has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the club.

Walman joins Clayton Keller and Colin White as top Hockey East players to forgo eligibility this season.

Walman, a third round draft of the Blues in 2014 (82nd overall), earned First Team Hockey East All-Star accolades for the second consecutive season after posting seven goals and 18 assists for the Friars in 2016-17. A reigning First Team All-American, Walman amassed 21 goals and 48 assists for 69 points in 107 career games at Providence.

As a sophomore in 2015-16, Walman led all NCAA defensemen in goals (13), points per game (1.04), power play goals (8), and game-winning goals (4) in just 27 games played.

Walman becomes the ninth member of the Friars’ 2015 National Championship squad to ink an NHL entry-level contract.

About Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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