Hobey Baker winner Perunovich signs deal with Blues, won’t play in 2020

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The winner of the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top player in collegiate hockey, has signed a contract with the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues.  However, that does not mean that fans will see Scott Perunovich suit up with the Blues for the resumption of the 2020 season in Edmonton.

Perunovich, a product of two-time defending NCAA champion Minnesota-Duluth, was the Blues second-round pick in 2018, and signed a two-year entry-level deal early last week.  General Manager Doug Armstrong made the point to say the contract will begin in 2021, adding that “he was in town and doing some work, before returning to Minneapolis”.

In 34 regular-season games at UMD in the 2019-2020 season, Perunovich, a native of Hibbing, Minnesota, racked up six goals and 34 assists from his defenseman position.  The college hockey season was abruptly canceled in March by COVID-19, with the Bulldogs chasing a potential third consecutive national championship.

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