Blues sign forward Mueller

Peter Mueller (Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS — The Blues announced on Tuesday that they have signed forward Peter Mueller to a one-year, two-way contract.

Mueller, 26, is a Bloomington, Minnesota native who spent six seasons in the NHL but played for the Kloten Flyers in Switzerland’s top league last season, where he accounted for 46 points (24 goal, 22 assists) and had a plus-minus rating of plus-18 in 49 games.

The right-handed shooting forward has been plagued by concussions throughout his time in the NHL but has played in 297 career games and accounted for 160 points (63 goals, 97 assists). He spent three seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes, two with the Colorado Avalanche and one with the Florida Panthers. He last played in the NHL during the 2012-13 season, when he accounted for 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 43 games with the Panthers.

Mueller was the No. 8 overall pick in the 2006 NHL Draft, which also included Erik Johnson (No. 1 overall to St. Louis), Jonathan Toews (No. 3 to Chicago), Phil Kessel (No. 5 to Boston), Chris Stewart (No. 18 to Colorado) and Patrik Berglund (No. 25 to St. Louis).

The 6-foot-2, 209-pounder’s best NHL season was his first, back in 2007-08, when he accounted for 54 points (22 goals, 32 assists) in 81 games. Mueller’s concussion problems began in his second NHL season.

Mueller represented the United States at the 2014 World Championships and had four points (one goal, three assists) in eight games during the tournament.

His signing with the Blues adds to the team’s depth up front, though it will likely be difficult to crack the lineup with the forward group.

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