Rivermen General Manager Kevin McDonald
announced Thursday that the club has signed forward Andrew Carroll and defenseman Marc-Antoine
Desnoyers (marc-AN-twan den-WHY-ee) to professional tryout contracts (PTO). Also St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President
and General Manager Doug Armstrong
announced that the Blues have recalled defenseman Nikita Nikitin (NICK–it–in) the Rivermen.
25, most recently has been a member of the ECHL Greenville Road Warriors. In nine games this season he has registered
nine points (six goals, three assists) and six penalty minutes. He has also spent time with the Abbotsford
Heat this year on a PTO. He had a goal
and an assist in 13 games before being sent back to Greenville.
season as a rookie, the 5-foot-11-inch, 195-pound winger put up an impressive
47 points (30 goals, 17 assists) in 61 games for the ECHL Charlotte
Checkers. His 30 goals were 13th
in the league and fourth among all ECHL rookies. He saw his first AHL action by appearing in
four games with the Hartford Wolfpack. A
native of Shoreview, Minn., Carroll played four seasons at the University of
Minnesota – Duluth.
21, has appeared in 12 games with the ECHL Elmira Jackals and collected four
points and a plus-4 rating. A rookie
from St. Jerome, Que,, he attended training camp this year with the Montreal
Canadiens (NHL) and Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL).
to starting his professional career, Desnoyers played five seasons in the
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with Rouyn-Noranda, Acadie-Bathurst, and
Drummondville. While with Drummondville
over the past two seasons he was a teammate of Rivermen goaltender Jake Allen
and played for Rivermen assistant coach Danny Brooks. The trio was part of the 2008-09 team that
won the QMJHL championship.
Nikitin, 24, has made 12 appearances with the Blues
this season serving two penalty minutes.
While in Peoria, the 6’3, 217-pound defenseman played in four games
recording one goal and a plus-1 rating.
The Omsk, Russia native was originally drafted by St. Louis in the fifth
round, 136th overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.