Blues' Shattenkirk watched draft expecting to be traded

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It would appear the future draftees weren't the only ones sweating buckets as names were called at this year's NHL Draft.

St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk admitted he watched intently as with the never-ending trade speculation, he figured a deal involving himself was forthcoming.

"You're waiting for (commissioner Gary) Bettman to see if he's going to say, 'We have a trade to announce,'" Shattenkirk said, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Shattenkirk remains with the team for the time being, and as general manager Doug Armstrong hinted last month, might not be going anywhere any time soon.

The 27-year-old led all Blues defenders with 44 points last season, and is entering the final year of a four-year deal that will see him make $5.2 million this season.

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Blues' Shattenkirk watched draft expecting to be traded
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