Jordan Kyrou is probably my favorite prospect or a close second to Klim Kostin. Kyrou was the Blues 35th overall pick in the 2016 NHL draft. He is a very fast, highly skilled, smart two-way playmaker. In his rookie season with the Sarnia Sting, Kyrou played 63 games and had 36 points (13 G and… Read More Prospect watch: Jordan Kyrou
Jake Walman is arguably the Blues best defensive prospect. He is a very skilled and smooth skating defensemen. Walman was the Blues 3rd round pick (#82 overall) in the 2014 NHL draft. He played 3 seasons in the NCAA at Providence college. In his first season he had 16 pts in 41 games (1G and… Read More Prospect watch: Jake Walman
The prospect I’m most excited for is Klim Kostin. Kostin could be the biggest steal in the 2017 draft. His top-end skill probably would’ve landed him in the top 5 had it not been for a shoulder injury. The fact that the Blues got him at #31 is amazing. Kostin is being compared to Evgeni… Read More Prospect watch: Klim Kostin
The free-agency frenzy dust has settled with many of the big names off the board. Over GM Doug Armstrong’s time with the Blues he has rolled the dice on veteran forwards, giving some players a chance to continue their playing career on a cheap contract. There have been some success stories, such as Jason Arnott… Read More Could Jagr Play For the Blues?
Tage Thompson is possibly our top prospect, although it is close between him and Klim Kostin. (Kostin will have to wait for another story). Thompson comes in at 6’5″ 200 pounds. Big boy, but he could add more weight. Thompson’s biggest strength is his shot, including his wicked one-timer. He is lethal on the power… Read More Prospect watch: Tage Thompson
The future is looking bright for the Blues and I couldn’t be more excited for it. This years draft has gotten me more excited. Blues not only got a solid pick in Robert Thomas but also dumped Lehtera for Brayden Schenn. Yes we gave up this years 27th overall pick and a conditional first round… Read More Future looks bright for our Blues
There are always a lot of questions on where a prospect will play this upcoming season if the player does not make the Blues roster. For many prospects, it is very limited on where they can play. Let’s review the different options: Canadian Hockey League: The CHL, often called Juniors, consists of three leagues, Quebec… Read More Understanding Prospect Eligibility
The first wave of free agent frenzy has ended and the St. Louis Blues are a much different team than the one we saw in 2016-17. David Perron is a Vegas Golden Knight. Jori Lehtera is a Philadelphia Flyer. Ryan Reaves is now a Pittsburgh Penguin. These things we knew heading into the start of… Read More A Look Into the New-Look Blues
With the 31st pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, “St. Louis Blues are proud to select, from the Moscow Dynamo, Klim Kostin” -Bill Armstrong According to Tim Taylor, the Blues’ Director of Player Development, Klim Kostin “could be an absolute steal in the draft, maybe (the biggest) I’ve ever seen. He’s an absolute… Read More On Klim Kostin
Veteran winger, and well known “tough guy”, Chris Neil seems to be drawing interest from three teams; Nashville, Florida, and St. Louis. It was known throughout the day today that Ottawa remained in the mix to bring Neil back home, however an Ottawa source, Murray Pham, has told me the the Senators are now… Read More Predators, Panthers, and Blues remain interested in veteran winger, Chris Neil
Yes Berglund is hurt again. Yes it’s another shoulder surgery. And yes he’s going to miss the first few months of the season. For most Blue’s fans it probably feels like you’re living a real life version of Groundhog’s Day. But there is no reason to panic. The depth of the team allows for this… Read More Berglund Injured Again, Blues Remain Deep At Center
Following one of the best draft nights in recent Blues history, it could possibly end up being just the pre-show to this offseason. Will the Blues set off more fireworks on July 1st, capping off their grand finale of an off-season? Heading into Prospect Camp, the St. Louis Blues were very content with how… Read More Will the Blues shoot off fireworks on July 1st, capping off their grand finale of an off-season?
Introduction “How we got to this point” is in Day 1’s post. Observations The crowd was a bit larger. The ooooh’s were louder. I was by myself, and at one point decided to check for a bleacher seat. That didn’t work out. If you have kids and want seats, you may want to show up… Read More Prospect Camp Day 2: The Toropchenk-Show
The St. Louis Blues have re-signed forward Magnus Paajarvi to a one year deal worth $800,000. The deal is a one-way contract, which means Blues fans will most likely see No. 56 on the opening night roster. The 26 year old Swedish winger has had an up and down career since coming to St.… Read More Blues bring back Paajarvi on one year deal
It will be the 2nd time since the 2015-2016 season that Blues forward Patrik Berglund will start the season on the Injured Reserve list as he had surgery to fix a left dislocated shoulder injury that occurred while training in Sweden. Berglund’s timeline has him returning in a Blues uniform in December. This news is… Read More With Berglund’s Injury, What’s next for Blues as Free Agency Looms?
Let me go out on a limb here. The Blues biggest need isn’t a center. Yep, I said it. The Blues can get by with some combination of Stastny, Schenn, Berglund (when healthy), Fabbri (?), Steen, Barbeshev, and Sobotka. I can agree with you that none of these are top centers in the NHL. But… Read More The Notes Biggest Need
Last week was an interesting time for the St. Louis Blues. Fans knew that coming into the off-season the Blues, in essence had their hands tied thanks to a large number of players already under contract. The Blues had little wiggle room under the cap but needed to make improvements to their roster. After a… Read More ‘Army’ of Blues
Brief Introduction I’ve had a desire to provide honest content for Blues fans for a long time. In fact, long ago, I was a part time contributor for Jeffio’s Game Night Review. He bought me an intermission beer when I was 18 on the roof of the parking lot of the Kiel Savvis Scottrade Ameritrade Center. Good… Read More Prospect Camp: Day 1
When: June 28 – July 1 Where: Ice zone, St. Louis Mills Mall Admission price: FREE Tomorrow officially kicks off the 2017-18 season (on ice). As always, the much anticipated prospect camp is expecting to draw a big crowd, as most Blues fans anticipate to watch some of the most popular… Read More 2017 Prospect Camp Preview
7 years. 419 games. The Blues have lost a loyal, fearless soldier on Friday night. Their toughest soldier. Thier funniest soldier. A guy that knows his abilities and gives it his absolute best, night in, night out. It doesn’t go unnoticed. Ryan Reaves has become, is, and always will be a fan favorite in… Read More Farewell, good soldier
During last night’s first round of the NHL draft, the Flyers and Blues announced the biggest trade of the night. The St. Louis Blues have hoped to acquired the coveted number one center they’ve desperately been lacking, in Brayden Schenn. In exchange, the Blues traded center Jori Lehtera, 27th overall selection, and a conditional… Read More Blues get thier center, acquire Brayden Schenn in a draft day shocker
In Friday’s first round of the 2017 NHL Entry draft, the St. Louis Blues selected LW/RW Russian, Klim Kostin at #31 overall. Kostin (the 31st overall selection), was acquired via trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins. In exchange, the Blues traded away fan favorite, Ryan Reaves. The trade also sent the Blues center, Oskar Sundqvist;… Read More Kostin, Blues in talks to sign ELC; he WILL play in North America next season
1.) New Jersey: C Nico Hischier New Jersey will add my #1 ranked player in the draft to their organization, making their future depth up the middle very strong with center prospects such as Bastian, McLeod, and Hishier. Could be a deadly future 1-2-3 down the middle. 2.) Philadelphia: D Miro Heiskanen With Philadelphia being deep… Read More 2017 NHL Mock Draft
1) C Nico Heisher – QMJHL 2) D Miro Heiskanen – FHL 3) C Nolan Patrick – WHL 4) D Cale Makar – AJHL 5) RW/LW Kristain Vesalainen – FHL 6) C/RW Gabe Vilardi – OHL 7) C/RW Nick Suzuki – OHL 8) C Casey Mittelstadt – USHS 9) RW Owen Tippett – OHL 10) C/RW… Read More Draft rankings: Top 40 players in the NHL Draft
The 2016-17 NHL season is officially over after the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators in 6 games in the Stanley Cup Final. Pittsburgh has won back to back Cups for the first time since the 90’s and its due to a solid core group with great role players and veterans. However, the most… Read More Will the Blues potentially have interest in a 4 time Cup Champion?
Ivan Barbashev: Center. 6’0 180. 21 years old. Shoots L. 2nd round, 33 overall in 2014. 2016-17 stats: AHL: 46GP, 19G, 18A, 37P, even +/-. NHL: 30GP, 5G, 7A, 12P, +5. Strengths: Great vision on the ice. Skilled center with some size. Proven point producer leading up to his NHL career. Lots of playoff experience in… Read More 2017 Prospect Review
Much was at stake in game 7 between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. Legacies were on the line, Careers were on the line, and a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals were on the line. The Capitals couldn’t get over the hump yet again, losing game 7 at home and exchanging their hockey… Read More Washington holds the final piece of the puzzle that would arguably bring Lord Stanley to St. Lou
This summer is bound to be a lot less eventful for the St. Louis Blues than last summer. In a span of just a week, the Blues traded goaltender Brian Elliott to the Calgary Flames, and then lost captain David Backes and veteran winger Troy Brouwer to other teams in free agency on the same… Read More What will the Blues do about Kenny Agostino?
Almost 4 years ago, I never thought this would come as far as it has. I started out wanting to become a fun and entertaining Twitter account revolving around our beloved Blues. In my early days, I tried to entertain a little too much and it caused me to gain a bit of a… Read More The final goodbye from STG. But…
Yesterday, the St. Louis Blues took Game 2 of the series against the Nashville Predators to even out the series at one game apiece. Vladimir Tarasenko was up to his usual antics, scoring two goals, including the game winner late in the third period to lift the Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Preds.… Read More 2017 Playoffs: Where is David Perron?
Buckle up because this is gonna be one heck of a series. I don’t see a more even matchup in this 2nd round than the Blues and Nashville. The depth of the both teams forward groups is impressive. Both defenses are probably #1 and #2 in the league. Along with the goaltending. Allen had a… Read More Blues vs. Predators series preview and prediction
PAAJARVI!! Who picked Magnus Paajarvi to score the series clinching OT goal in yesterday’s game? I know I didn’t. You have to give credit to Vladimir Sobotka for the set-up on the goal though. Sobotka quickly cut away from Martin Hanzal at the corner boards and went straight for the middle. Jared Spurgeon went away from Paajarvi to… Read More St. Louis Blues vs. Wild series recap and 3 stars of the series
In last nights’ game, the Blues had a chance to close out the series on home ice and get more rest before the second round for themselves and Paul Stastny, who has now missed the last 14 games. Pietrangelo talked about the Blues needing that “killer instinct” to finish off a series when they had… Read More Blues play flat in first loss of series
Last nights’ Game 4, St. Louis Blues versus Minnesota Wild, had quite a few face-offs being deemed “unfairly dropped” by the referee. I decided to dig a little deeper into the rules and regulations of these calls. NHL rule 76.6 states that Violations can be considered ….If a center should move prematurely prior to the… Read More Face-Offs…What’s with all the re-do’s!
After jumping out to a 3-0 series lead behind what were all close games, the St. Louis Blues finally succumbed to a loss Wednesday night in Game 4 at home. The Blues offense struggled, and Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk stopped all 28 shots he faced. But the Blues have taken three of four games… Read More Paul Stastny could potentially return to the Blues lineup in Game 5
It wasn’t until this year, that I got to experience the best part of being a Blues fan in an opposing team’s rink. I’m the proud father of two kids, Nate (7) and Jade (4). I was able to bring them to a Senator’s game and get there early enough to watch the Blues warm… Read More A Canadian Bleeding Blue
On Thursday afternoon many St. Louis Blues fans shared joy in the announced return of Vladimir Sobotka. The enigmatic player that left the organization three years ago to play in the KHL was returning to the Blues for the playoffs with a freshly inked three-year contract. In many ways this announcement reminds me of a reunion… Read More Sobotka: The Reunion Tour
The St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals just completed their second huge trade within the past two years. This time one of the NHL’s best offensive defenseman is on the move to DC. It was widely reported that the St. Louis Blues were shopping the power play specialist for months now. Dating all the way… Read More The day after: Breaking down the Kevin Shattenkirk trade
The summer’s hottest potential unrestricted free agent, Kevin Shattenkirk has been swirling around multiple rumors dating back to last season. After nearly striking multiple deals involving the speedy defenseman with Arizona, Edmonton, and Boston, the Blues seemed to have had little to no talks since the Draft. With a little less than a half of… Read More The latest on Shattenkirk: Trade, hold, extend, or let him walk?
Since this is the 50th season of our beloved St. Louis Blues, I think it would be fitting to see who the top ten Blues are of all-time. Number one is pretty obvious, but there have been some superb players to have come through the Lou over the past half century. Number 10: Cujo Arguably… Read More The Greatest Blues
Over the past three seasons forward Alexander Steen has been one of the most consistent players for the Blues, both offensively and defensively. This year though, he seems to have disappeared along with most of the team. Through thirty-five games this year he has only found the net four times, and his assists are about… Read More Where’d Ya Go Steen?
Will Jake Allen come out of his slump anytime soon? Jake “the snake” Allen hasn’t particularly been the king cobra in the crease that the Blues need him to be. Over the past 5 games, Allen has only one start in which he’s had over a 0.900 save percentage. In that span includes 2 games… Read More Buy or Sell #2
Top 10 prospect power rankings: (Last ranking / ^, v, – ) 1.) Ivan Barashev (#3 / ^) 2.) Jordan Kyrou (#2 / -) 3.) Tage Thompson (#4 / ^) 4.) Vince Dunn (#5 / ^) 5.) Tanner Kaspick (#1 / v) 6.) Samuel Blais (NR / ^) 7.) Austin Poganski (NR / ^) 8.)… Read More Prospect power rankings #3
Forwards: Ivan Barbashev (AHL): 38GP, 17G, 17A, 34P Samuel Blais (AHL): 37GP, 9G, 6A, 15P Mackenzie MacEachern (AHL): 23GP, 4G, 3A, 7P Conner Bleackley (AHL): 30GP, 1G, 6A, 7P Tage Thompson (NCAA): 19GP, 12G, 8A, 20P Austin Poganski (NCAA): 21GP, 7G, 10A, 17P Nolan Stevens (NCAA): 6GP, 3G, 2A, 5P Glenn Gawdin (WHL): 23GP, 13G,… Read More Prospect update #3 (1-10-17)
I will admit that when the Blues announced their big off-season signing of David Perron this past summer, I was skeptical. I didn’t see how he would fit in with the Blues, at least in terms of the type of team they had last year. Then the Blues and coach Ken Hitchock announced they would… Read More Perron, Playing the Perfect Role
Whether you are battling injuries, off the field issues, team chemistry, a change in team philosophy, or just need a change of scene. Every team needs them, the slump buster. In baseball if you are a pitching staff with woes there is the Atlanta Braves. In basketball if your team is having trouble there is the… Read More Home Sweet Home, The Slump Buster
Top 10 prospect power rankings: (Last ranking / ^, v, – ) 1.) Tanner Kaspick (#2 / ^) 2.) Jordan Kyrou (#1 / v) 3.) Ivan Barbashev (NR / ^) 4.) Tage Thompson (#4 / -) 5.) Vince Dunn (#5 / -) 6.) Glenn Gawdin (#3 / v) 7.) Jake Walman (#6 / v) 8.) Nolan… Read More Prospect power rankings #2
Forwards: Ivan Barbashev (AHL): 8GP, 3G, 3A, 6P Samuel Blais (AHL): 8GP, 0G, 1A, 1P Mackenzie MacEachern (AHL): 5GP, 0G, 0A, 0P Conner Bleackley (AHL): 6GP, 0G, 0A, 0P Tage Thompson (NCAA): 8GP, 4G, 4A, 8P Austin Poganski (NCAA): 7GP, 2G, 2A, 4P Nolan Stevens (NCAA): 6GP, 3G, 2A, 5P Glenn Gawdin (WHL): 13GP, 8G,… Read More Prospect update #2 (11-1-16)
“Buy or sell” is a new article series I’m starting this season. I’ll choose trendy topics around the Blues organization and break them down and give my final word wether I’ll “buy” or “sell” that specific topic. Anything from prospect scoring streaks, trade rumors, penalty kill success, hot and cold steaks, etc will… Read More Buy or sell #1
Coming into the 2016-17 season my biggest question for the St. Louis Blues was “What kind of team will they be?” With Ken Hitchcock announcing this will be his last year behind the bench for the organization, a coach-in-waiting already on staff, the big three roster departures, and a shift in play style; there were… Read More So Far, So Good
Top 10 prospect power rankings: (Last ranking / ^, v, – ) 1.) Jordan Kyrou (NR / -) 2.) Tanner Kaspick (NR / -) 3.) Glenn Gawdin (NR / -) 4.) Tage Thompson (NR / -) 5.) Vince Dunn (NR / -) 6.) Jake Walman (NR / -) 7.) Austin Poganski (NR / -) 8.)… Read More Prospect power rankings #1 (10-18-16)
Forwards: Ivan Barbashev (AHL): 2GP, 1G, 0A, 1P Samuel Blais (AHL): 2GP, 0G, 0A, 0P Mackenzie MacEachern (AHL): 2GP, 0G, 0A, 0P Conner Bleackley (AHL): 1GP, 0G, 0A, 0P Tage Thompson (NCAA): 4GP, 4G, 2A, 6P Austin Poganski (NCAA): 3GP, 2G, 1A, 3P Nolan Stevens (NCAA): 4GP, 2G, 1A, 3P Glenn Gawdin (WHL): 8GP, 6G,… Read More Prospect update #1 (10-18-2016)
50. They key number to this years St. Louis Blues. Will they win 50 games? Will Vladimir Tarasenko net 50 goals? Will newly named captain, Alex Pietrangelo make a run at the Norris and tally 50 plus points? Most importantly, can this franchise win its first Stanley Cup in their 50th year of existence? The… Read More Tis the moment before Blues hockey… Are you ready?
15.) D Niko Mikkola 14.) F Austin Poganski 13.) D Tommy Vannelli 12.) G Evan Fitzpatrick 11.) F Glenn Gawdin 10.) F Adam Musil The Captain of the Red Deer Rebels is expected to have a big season, as far as production is concerned. The 6’3 former 4th rounder in the 2015 NHL draft had an improved… Read More Preseason top 15 prospects for the St. Louis Blues
So far, the St. Louis Blues’ playoff run has been a roller coaster of ups and downs. Some nights you’ll see a team that can legitimately run four lines, wear the opposing team down with their power, bear down and score goals in tic-tac-toe fashion, and even get stellar goaltending. Some of us will be… Read More It’s not time to panic, it’s time to respect the Note.
The St. Louis Blues have had quite an interesting season with multiple injuries but somehow are still in contention for number one seed in the Western conference. This led me to looking closer at the depth of the Blues. Guys like Jaskin, Rattie, Lindbohm, Bortuzzo, and yes, even Paajarvi have all stepped up at some… Read More Why the Blues will be cup contenders for years to come: The 2017-18 St. Louis Blues (Includes Backes & Shattenkirk contracts)
Player Spotlight Name: Mackenzie MacEachern Position: Left Wing Born: March 9, 1994 (Age 22 ) Hometown: Troy, Michigan Height: 6’3 Weight: 205 My prospect of the month is St. Louis Blues prospect, Mackenzie MacEachern. MacEachern has played great as of late and has had a great season in the NCAA this year. This season Mackenzie has produced… Read More Prospect Spotlight: Blues Prospect, Mackenzie MacEachern
The St. Louis Blues haven’t had a true number-1 goalie since Jaroslav Halak in 2011-12, but really haven’t experienced long term success with just one netminder since Grant Fuhr played from 1996-99 (249 GP). With that in mind fans have obviously gotten used to a 2-goalie system, yet seem to always be in search of the… Read More Why there’s Really No ‘Goalie Controversy’ in St. Louis
Blues fans anxiously await what’s in store for this season’s NHL Trade Deadline on February 29th. Arguably, what might be the most important day in the Doug Armstrong era for many reasons. Doug Armstrong and the Blues’ front office have some tough decisions heading into the trade deadline. Not only are they trying to make… Read More Trade Deadline preview: St. Louis Blues
Player Spotlight Name: Samuel Blais Position: Left Wing Born: June 17, 1996 (Age 19) Hometown: Montmagny, Quebec, Canada Height: 6’1 Weight: 185 With the 176th overall pick in the 2014 NHL draft, the St. Louis Blues selected Samuel Blais. Samuel is currently playing for the Charlottetown Islanders of the QMJHL and is putting together a… Read More Player Spotlight: Blues prospect, Samuel Blais
(Written January 3rd, 2016) Drouin to the Blues?: The Tampa Bay Lightning are off to a rocky first half of the season, especially after a Stanley Cup Final appearance last summer. The Lightning have a record of 19-16-4 and are currently outside of the playoff picture. Due to where the reigning Eastern Conference Champions sit in… Read More Possible Lightning players on the Blues radar