As another year of hockey has already reached its mid-point, the St. Louis Blues have, once again, found themselves in the middle of a predicament involving their two rostered net-minders. Now, if you follow me on twitter, you can probably assume what alignment I side with in regards to who I think the Blues should… Read More Is Jordan Binnington a Question Mark or The Answer?
If you’re reading this, you’re likely riding the high I am after that statement game Saturday night against Chicago. There’s something to be said for the way the team played when it mattered most…in the 3rd period. What has routinely been a 20 minute nightmare for the Blues this season turned into three extra nails… Read More Embracing the Blue Side: An analysis of offseason acquisitions 10 games in.
I know I stand with the majority when I say that 2-4-3 was not how I assumed the first nine games of the Blues season would start off, but here we are. It’s become apparent to me that our issues are not totally rooted in “team chemistry” due to new players. Don’t get me wrong,… Read More Didn’t See This Coming.
This weekly analysis of the Blues current situation will be broken up into a short summary of each game played throughout the week with three takeaways, followed by wrapping up the overall position of the team, and things we’ll be looking towards moving forward. 10/4/18: Winnipeg Jets @ St. Louis Blues We’ve waited a long… Read More Week 1: Two games down, eighty to go.
Can Allen overcome adversity? Will Tarasenko finally score 50?… Read More 3 Bold Predictions for 2018-19 Season
The Blues are primed to make a run back into the playoffs this season. With a deeper roster down the middle and a solid core of defensemen, this team has very few holes. The offense should be able to produce at a high rate, and the defense should be able to stymie opposing offenses. This… Read More Blues End-of-Season Award Predictions
Hockey has been a dynamic and changing game throughout the course of its history, but there is one thing that hasn’t changed and that’s the toughness of its players. Hockey enforcers are some of the toughest players in all sports where an NHL tough guy throws out devastating hits, takes shots to the body illegally… Read More The St. Louis Blues Toughest Players Of All Time
The Blues will be looking to find that “next” Alex Pietrangelo as they try to boost their defensive corps for the future. There may also be a search for a minute munching blue-liner as Jay Bouwmeester is in the twilight of his career. There are solid defenseman in the Blues system but none qualify like… Read More Finding The “Next” Alex Pietrangelo Through The 2019 And 2020 NHL Drafts?
The NHL is currently unbalanced with 31 teams after the Vegas Golden Knights were the latest team to join the growing league. With Seattle rumoured and expected to join the league as early as the 2020/21 season it may the perfect time to not only change the alignment of the league but also change the… Read More Realignment And Playoff Format When Seattle Joins The NHL
I’m a big fan of offseason speculation. We’re at the incredibly slow point in the year when there’s essentially nothing of relevance going on in the hockey world. For that reason, I enjoy toying with even the most outlandish of ideas. For that reason, we’re going to do just that. For those of you who… Read More The Blues Offseason Moves Are Over…Right?
St. Louis native, Patrick Maroon has found his name buzzing around his hometown a bit more than usual as General Manager, Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues has made a strong push to add one more piece this offseason in hopes to make a strong contention not only in hopes of winning… Read More Why the Blues Need A Patrick Maroon
*As of July 3rd 2018* Chicago Blackhawks – Cam Ward (G), Chris Kunitz (F), Brandon Manning (D). The Blues division rivals had one of their worst seasons in the better part of a decade. Whether it is a good or a bad thing, the Hawks have chosen to not overreact and simply add a few… Read More Central Division Review -Free Agency Frenzy
“Buy or sell” is back for a third season. In case you’re new, 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 all… Read More Buy or Sell #1
The NHL pre-season is just around the corner, and with it comes the final touches GMs will make to their squads in order to build their best chances at a contender (with exception to any GM who has one of those still-unsigned RFAs that are waiting for Mitch Marner to sign in Toronto). The Blues’… Read More The Blue(s)print for a Repeat
Dominik Bokk– RW | 1st Rd, Pick 25 in 2018 6’2″, 180 47 GP | 8 G | 15 A | 23 P Draftin Europe called him a “highly talented winger with one-on-one ability, quick hands, and creative passing. Can challenge goalies with his shot as well.” One-on-one ability is an understatement. Bokk is a… Read More 2019 Blues Prospect Camp Cheat Sheet
Hey. Guess what. The Blues won the Stanley Cup. They did. I know. I don’t believe it either, but it happened, and St. Louis will never be the same. Okay. We got that out of the way. The parade is over. The players are sobering up (hopefully). It’s time for Doug Armstrong to get to work, and I… Read More The Blues’ Window Depends on Pietrangelo
BREAKING: Tom Wilson is a dirty hockey player. When I say this, I don’t mean he throws the body often, gets into an abnormal amount of fights, or commits too many penalties (although all three are true). No. I mean that Tom Wilson is a danger to the entire league. Don’t get me wrong. I… Read More A Pissed Off Fan’s Solution to the Tom Wilsons of the NHL.
It takes a miserable season for an NHL team to end up with one of the top two picks in the NHL Entry Draft that they didn’t trade the farm for. The St. Louis Blues of the 1970s were a never-ending conga line of disappointment. After Scotty Bowman left St. Louis for Montreal because he… Read More The Seven Degrees of Perry Turnbull
A season of early success followed by a long and dreary road of declining performance has left Blues fans wanting vast improvements. Consistency, a trait that the Blues had trouble with all season (besides the PP, of course), is something that the Blues will need to find while infusing a myriad of new faces (and… Read More Comeback Candidates
Right now is the dry part of the offseason. All of free agency is pretty much wrapped up, and any sort of player movements are few and far between. As we look forward towards the upcoming season, I have a few “hot takes” shall we say of what I expect for the Blues. Reminder, these… Read More 5 Bold Predictions for the 2018-2019 Season
Cash flow hasn’t been one of the Blues strengths throughout most of the franchise’s existence. The early years started out well. A fresh new NHL franchise purchased by Chicago insurance moguls, the Salomon family came in with money to spend on their hand-me-downs of Canadiens and semi-retired players. The early success of the franchise in… Read More Back In Black: Profit In The Stillman Era
Every NHL team has a “window”, and what it means is: the period of time they are most likely to win a Stanley Cup given their current roster. For example: the San Jose Sharks have a window that is all but closed, as their core is full of vets on the wrong side of 30,… Read More Defining the Blues’ “Window”
Mike Yeo is entering his second full season behind the bench for The Note. It could be argued that this is the deepest roster he’s had in his tenure here. It’s definitely the best this team has been down the middle in awhile. Now that the roster is essentially set, let’s assess the men responsible… Read More View From Behind The Bench
The idea of a “super-team” is a hot topic these days. Just look at the NBA. It’s easier to construct a team, with less players to divide the money between, but the concept can be executed to perfection. The Golden State Warriors are going to field a starting lineup made up entirely of All-Stars from… Read More New Age Roster Construction: 4 Lines or 4 Superstars?
Lord Stanley’s Cup. The hardest trophy to win in sports – and one that has eluded the city of St. Louis. The Blues have made the Stanley Cup final three times since they became an NHL team in the 1967 expansion. Those appearances came in their first three years as a franchise, when an expansion… Read More The Stanley Cup Secret Formula
Alright guys, it’s been two weeks since free agency opened up, and barring another D.A. stunner (I can only think of one long-shot of a possibility), I think it’s safe to say that we’re done making significant moves until at least training camp opens up. For that reason, I think it’s time to take a… Read More Predicting the Opening Night Lineup
Doug Armstrong had a fantastic offseason, we all know that. Our forward core has turned into that of a contender, and our defense is just as good as it’s always been. However the one area that still raises questions, is our goaltending. At times, Jake Allen has looked like a world class goalie. At other… Read More Why Jake Allen Will (Hopefully) Not Be the Downfall of the Team This Season
Lineup Dreams – October 4th can’t come soon enough!… Read More Lineup Dreams
If you browsed through Blues Twitter a few weeks ago, you would’ve seen countless disappointed Blues fans. You would’ve seen things like “Armstrong promised the fans a big offseason and all we’ve done is trade from pick #29 to #25!” There was even a popular tweet promising all those who retweeted a shirt calling for… Read More Doug Armstrong Won the Offseason, and We Owe Him an Apology
In the days and weeks that led up to the July 1 free agency extravaganza, you could almost feel the angst among loyal St. Louisans building up over what was surely going to be a disappointing offseason. After superstar center John Tavares passed on St. Louis even being a possible destination in favor of the… Read More See? St. Louis isn’t that bad, you guys
Right when it looked as if they had all the puzzle pieces in place, the Blues have the potential to be in a weird spot financially. They have a little over $5 million left in cap space, but they still need to re-sign defensemen Joel Edmundson and Jordan Schmaltz. The Blues also appear to be… Read More If the Blues sign Maroon, Who Gets the Pink Slip?
Wow! The NHL offseason moves fast. I feel like it was just last week that I was watching Ovechkin celebrate on what seemed like a never-ending bender (He may actually still be partying right now). A lot has happened in the past few weeks, so let’s take a second to slow down, and get a… Read More Player Profile: Tyler Bozak Could Be the New Fan Favorite?
WOW. Didn’t see that coming! Armstrong with the move to appease every burning tick that each Blues fan held deep inside themselves. The contracts of Sobotka and Berglund are GONE. Off the books! And to get a player back like O’Reilly is just icing on the cake. Granted, we shouldn’t etch the Blues onto the… Read More Preserving the Future: An Armstrong Armory
Unless you were living in a cave for the last nine days (seriously, those kids spent 9 days trapped in a rocky hole, unaware if they would ever see the light of day again. That’s incredible, and hearing that they’ve been found and all in good health is a miracle in and of itself) then… Read More 7/1/18: Remember this day when you’re bashing Doug Armstrong.
In the early 20th century, the illusionist and escape artist Harry Houdini mesmerized audiences across the U.S. with his impossible tricks and death defying stunts. Fast forward to 2018 and Blues’ GM Doug Armstrong is pulling off miraculous illusions and escape acts right under the noses of other NHL GMs and Blues fans. If you… Read More Doug Armstrong is Harry Houdini
The NHL arguably poses the greatest fans in the world. It is Canada’s number one passion and sport meanwhile in the US the popularity is increasing at a rapid rate. Since the lockout season of 2004/05, the NHL has grown significantly which is all the more impressive in terms of the fan following and general… Read More The Unique And Loyal St. Louis Blues Fan-base For Better For Worse
Three points for a win is a standard which is used in many sports but not in the NHL. There are pro and cons to the “3 points for a win” system and its no secret that fans of the NHL don’t like the current system and didn’t particularly like the previous one. The previous… Read More Restructuring The Current Points System In The NHL?
Let The Frenzy Begin! The time has come, ladies and gents. Mr. Stillman has the blank checks sitting on his desk. The Brinks trucks are being parked on 14th and Clark. All Armstrong has to do is swipe right on Tinder and create a match made in heaven. That is, of course, if his free… Read More Free Agent Frenzy Preview
The St Louis Blues are potentially at a crossroads regarding the long term future of the organization. … Read More Is A Rebuild The Best Option For The Blues?
As playoff excitement slowly wears off on St. Louis hockey fans, its replaced by the eerie silence of the St. Louis Mills Mall. A once bustling shopping center in its heyday, it now contains two stores, mall walkers, and around 200 Blues fans brimming with anticipation as they examine and critique the future of their… Read More Blues Prospect Camp Notes: Day 1
Draft Day Welp, not what we all had hoped, or expected, on day 1 of the draft. The Blues went into this year’s draft with all the hype and rumors surrounding them. They were expected to make a big splash, pull off miracles, and get rid of the nightmare on “Bergy Street.” Unfortunately, the only… Read More Blues Make Picks; Look Towards Free Agency
One feature that I would like to continue throughout the 2018-19 season is an outlook on changes and trends that are currently happening around the Central Division that can have an affect on the fortune of the St. Louis Blues. As important as it is to be aware of what is going on in our… Read More 2018 NHL Draft 1st Round- Central Division Review
With the big names this off-season expressing a disinterest to sign in St. Louis, where does the team go from here? Armstrong clearly made a big push to sign Tavares and Kovalchuk, and trade for Panarin, to no avail. Now what? To quote the Philadelphia 76ers: “Trust the process.” That might not be what Blues… Read More What is Plan B?
The draft has come and gone, and the Blues remain largely unchanged as far as what we were expecting to see in the opening lineup come October. Aside from resigning Nikita Soshnikov, who was expected to leave North America to continue his playing career back home in the KHL, it’s pretty safe to say we… Read More Considering the Blues Options, Post Draft.
Late Friday night, Blues General Manager, Doug Armstrong confirmed that his options for a big fish are slowly being crossed off the list. Over the last few weeks, the Blues have made it known that they are interested in acquiring at least one of John Tavares, Ilya Kovalchuk, or Artemi Panarin. As the night unfolded,… Read More Unclear Direction Hurting Blues
Happy New (League) Year everybody! The time has come where we all get way too excited just to find out what teams the Blues will be taking the ice against this coming Fall. Let’s take a quick look into what the regular season has in store for us: (For full schedule, scroll to bottom)… Read More 18-19 Schedule Release
On Tuesday, Elliotte Friendman broke news that Columbus Blue Jackets star Forward, Artemi Panarin is not ready to sign an extension with his current club. As this stands, Blues fans have begun foaming at the mouth at the potential of uniting current Blues star and longtime friend, Vladimir Tarasenko and Panarin at long last. When Tarasenko… Read More Panarin being shopped, Blues need to make a move
The NHL Draft is just around the corner and based off recent history, General Managers are looking to make a splash on draft night, including Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues. The Blues lost their original draft pick (#14 overall) in the Brayden Schenn trade during last year’s draft day. However, Doug Armstrong managed… Read More 2018 Draft Preview
It seems like eons ago when the we were watching Jaroslav Halak between the pipes. Hell, it’s been a while since we heard the roar of the crowd yelling “MOOOOOOOSE!” after Brian Elliot would stand on his head, making an incredible save. Believe it or not, just four seasons ago, those were the usual… Read More Offseason Thoughts on the Goalie Situation
With the draft happening this Friday and Saturday in Dallas, it’s been rumored the Blues will be trading the first round pick(#29OA) that they acquired in the Paul Stastny deal with the Winnipeg Jets at the trade deadline. The Blues obviously need help in their top 9 to truly contend, even with some of the… Read More Who should the Blues trade for this week?
The St. Louis Blues are currently in trade discussions with the Ottawa Senators involving forward Mike Hoffman. Hoffman is currently involved in a scandal involving his long time girlfriend harassing the wife of Erik Karlsson. While that situation is playing itself out, Hoffman’s trade value has decreased. The Blues and Senators nearly agreed to a… Read More Blues are actively pursuing Mike Hoffman, despite ongoing investigation
#15: Austin Poganski, RW Drafted: 2014 Round 4, pick 110 Age: 22 Height/Weight: 6’2/209 lbs 2017-18 team: North Dakota (NCAA D1) The captain of North Dakota continued to improve this season. Poganski was named to the NCAA Senior Class All Americans 2nd team in 2017-18. His offensive numbers took a slight dip this season at… Read More Offseason top 15 prospect rankings and profiles
The breakdown: In a move that no one saw coming, the Blues traded Paul Stastny to a division rival. In return, the Blues receive a 2018 first round pick and forward prospect, Erik Foley. This move shows that Doug Armstrong had no intent of resigning Paul Stastny this summer, and with his departure looming, Armstrong… Read More Trade Deadline Recap
It’s February 14th and the countdown to the NHL Trade Deadline is in full swing, especially following last night’s horrific loss to Nashville. There are many different options and paths the Blues could take at this year’s deadline. They could sell some roster players that are soon to be free agents, and free some cap… Read More St. Louis Blues Trade Deadline Preview
We’ve known for awhile that the Blues need offense and are searching for a forward, preferably a top-six. The problem is the price for one. Armstrong doesn’t seem like he’s willing to give up any of the “Big Four” and I wouldn’t either. So, if Armstrong is wanting a forward then he may have to… Read More Are the Blues and Maple leafs perfect trade partners?
From what I have heard from Armstrong is he is not wanting to trade the “Big Four”. If you are not aware of who those four are, they consist of Thomas, Kyrou, Thompson, and Kostin. It sounds like those four are untouchable, but it also sounds like that’s the only thing that other teams want… Read More Should the Blues go for Vanek and Maroon over more expensive options?
The NHL’s 1st place St. Louis Blues have already overachieved on just about everyone’s radar to start the season. With injuries to their first pairing left handed defenseman, Jay Bouwmeester, and forward Patrik Berglund, the Blues still managed to dominate other teams. The defense has done more than expected with the absence of Bouwmeester, and… Read More With Berglund’s return eminent, who should the Blues target to round out the top 9?
Ivan Barbashev (AHL): 313, 3G, 3A, 6P Samuel Blais (AHL): 11GP, 5G, 8A, 13P Mackenzie MacEachern (AHL): 16GP, 2G, 0A, 2P Conner Bleackley (ECHL): 19GP, 9G, 7A, 16P Tage Thompson (AHL): 17GP, 7G, 6A, 13P Austin Poganski (NCAA): 16GP, 2G, 2A, 4P Nolan Stevens (NCAA): 12GP, 7G, 4A, 11P Liam Dunda (QMJHL): 26GP, 4G, 8A,… Read More Prospect Update: (11/28/17)
Any team playing against the Blues right now knows what to expect; the impressive form of Jake Allen, their pride in blocking shots, a lackluster power play, and the aggressive play of defenders in the offensive zone, one of which happens to be the current points leader among NHL defensemen. But the thing that makes… Read More The X Factor Brayden Schenn
Doug Armstrong has done something with this Blues team that goes overlooked. He has managed to keep the Blues in the playoffs with strong teams for years, along with drafting great prospects. If you look at prospects like Jordan Kyrou and Klim Kostin, they are two of our top prospects and that goes without mentioning… Read More Look at what Doug Armstrong has done
Ivan Barbashev is trying to make an impact on the Blues roster, he get’s another shot tonight.… Read More Blues Look To Make History Tonight
The Blues open their home season at the newly renovated Scottrade Center tonight vs the Dallas Stars. … Read More Blues Host Stars In Season Opener
“Buy or sell” is back for a second season. In case you’re new, 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… Read More Buy or sell #1
Tonight, the Blues defeated the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins, by a score of 5-4. It took overtime to decide the game, and it was the Blues captain, Alex Pietrangelo, who played the hero. Now there is no real reason to miss the opening game of the season, but just in case you… Read More Pietrangelo Leads Blues To Win In Season Opener
Vladimir Tarasenko finally hits the 50-goal mark and wins the Maurice Richard trophy. We all know that Tarasenko can score goals pretty well, but can Yeo find line mates to get the puck to Tarasenko more often. I think he does this year. Alex Pietrangelo and Colton Parayko both hit 50 points. While… Read More Predictions for the 2017-2018 season
Divisions: Metropolitan: 1.) Penguins 2.) Blue Jackets 3.) Capitals 4.) Rangers WC2 5.) Islanders 6.) Devils 7.) Flyers 8.) Hurricanes Atlantic: 1.) Lightning 2.) Maple Leafs 3.) Senators 4.) Bruins WC1 5.) Sabres 6.) Canadiens 7.) Panthers 8.) Red Wings Pacific: 1.) Oilers 2.) Flames 3.) Ducks 4.) Kings 5.) Sharks 6.) Coyotes 7.) Canucks … Read More 2017-18 division, palyoff, award, and bold predictions
We are just one week away from the start of the 2017-18 NHL season for the St. Louis Blues. With that in mind let’s take a look at Our Team. What is in store for this year’s edition? First of all let’s start with the area that saw the most changes, behind the bench. The… Read More Out With The Old, In With The Youth
Under Ken Hitchcock, it was a given. Kyle Brodziak was the fourth line center. Marked in permanent marker on his dry-erase board. He killed penalties, took defensive-zone face-offs, and played between 10 and 11 minutes per night. Hitchcock is gone now, and Mike Yeo should reconsider his fourth line center Brodziak played in 69 games… Read More Who should center the fourth line?
After an impressive rookie campaign with the Chicago Wolves, the 21 year old Quebec native has impressed the coaches at Blues Training Camp this past weekend. But who is Samuel Blais and what can we expect from him in terms of production? Taken in the 6th round of the 2014 NHL Draft, his former Victoriaville… Read More Blais’ electric rookie season jolts Blues coaching staff
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