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St. Louis Blues sign fourth overall pick, defenceman Alex Pietrangelo

ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Blues signed defenceman Alex Pietrangelo, the fourth overall pick in the June draft, on Thursday.

The 18-year-old Pietrangelo will get a chance to make the team when training camp begins Sept. 19.

“We are excited to have Alex signed as he will be a key component to our youth movement for years to come,” team president John Davidson said. “This signing continues our commitment to the long-term future of exciting young talent that we have.

“We expect Alex to be an integral part of our organization for many years.”

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Pietrangelo, from King City, Ont., ranked seventh among OHL defencemen with 53 points last season for the Niagara IceDogs. He participated in the 2008 OHL All-Star Classic and the 2008 CHL Top Prospects game.

“I am extremely excited to know that I am a member of the St. Louis organization,” Pietrangelo said. “I’m looking forward to getting to St. Louis to begin training camp and to start the season.”