Blues trade fourth-round pick to Maple Leafs for forward Nikita Soshnikov

Nikita Soshnikov has been out most of the season with a lower-body injury.
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ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Blues acquired forward Nikita Soshnikov, who could contribute once he’s healthy and can travel to the United States, from Toronto on Thursday.

The Blues sent a 2019 fourth-round draft pick to the Maple Leafs.

Soshnikov, 24, will report to St. Louis after he has attained a U.S. visa, a process that is expected to take seven to 10 days.

Soshnikov is on injured reserve with a lower-body injury suffered in November. He will be added to the Blues’ active roster after he attains his visa and is cleared to play by team doctors.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound forward has dressed in three games with the Maple Leafs this season. He also played 19 games with the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies, posting 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists). He has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) and 22 penalty minutes in 70 career NHL regular-season games.