Originally written on Frozen Notes  |  Last updated 6/5/13
St. Louis Blues prospect Jori Lehtera has made his decision. The Blues' third-round selection in the 2008 NHL Draft has decided to stay in the KHL by signing a two-year deal with HC Sibir Novosibirsk, as reported by Andy Strickland.  There was some belief that Lehtera might try to make the jump to the NHL for the 2013-14 season, giving the Blues another option up the middle. This belief has been squashed for the near future as Lehtera pledges his allegiance to Europe for at least two more seasons.  Lehtera is a big center. His scouting report over at Hockey's Future accurately describes that he can bring offense to the table but that it comes at a price. He can finish at short range, but he's a poor skater and lacks defensive play. He's currently a one-way center by definition. His physical game leaves a lot to be desired. This isn't to say Lehtera's a bad player, but it leaves you wondering how he'd handle the more physical, more intense NHL competition where defense isn'...
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