Providence junior defenseman Jake Walman has signed with the St. Louis Blues, forgoing his final year of eligibility with the Friars. Walman was a third round selection, 82nd overall by the Blues in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Walman was one of the premier offensive defensemen in the NCAA over his career. We ranked him as the 10th-best NHL prospect in the NCAA this past season.
His game starts with his elite skating ability. He improved his footwork and agility, especially along the offensive blue line to better create passing and shooting lanes with the puck from the point. His defensive play has also improved over the course of his college career, though at a slower rate, and will likely need to be worked on more at the pro level. But Walman’s elite offensive abilities from the blue line help him to project as a offensive-minded defenseman that can contribute on the power play at the NHL level.
Walman’s contract is a three-year deal that will begin next season. He will report to St. Louis’ AHL affiliate for the remainder of this season.