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 one of the greatest net minders of all time, Curtis Joseph spent 5 1/2 seasons wearing the Note and unfortunately was run out of town by head coach Mike Keenan. Racking up a career record of 137-96-34, he was known for not being able to win the “big game.” Boy, was he sure able to win the little ones, his style of play inspired future Blues goaltender Brian Elliott. I firmly believe that if Keenan doesn’t trade Cujo, the Blues contend for the Stanley Cup in 1995.
Number 9: Sutter
Drafted by the team in 1976, Brian Sutter became one of the greatest Blues of all-time in his 12 seasons here. He scored over 636 points, most of his 303 goals were set up by teammate Bernie Federko. Sutter is known as being the greatest captain in Blues franchise history, his time spent here as head coach of the Blues is probably what fans will remember most.
Number 8: Mr. Blue
It truly was unfortunate that Bernie Federko was not able to spend his entire career in St. Louis. Playing in over 900 games for the Blues, he was the premier passer for the Blues during the late 70s and early 80s, he also saw the Blues during some pretty turbulent times. Posting over 1000 points during his time, Bernie is still beloved by fans for his play on the ice and his time on Fox Sports Midwest.
Number 7: Oates
The second part of the famous “Hull and Oates” combo, he was one of the greatest pure passers in the history of hockey. He only spent 3 years with the Blues, he formed a relationship with Brett Hull on the ice right away. Racking up 145 assists in his short time here, fans wish he could’ve spent more time in St. Louis.
Number 6: Backes
Probably the only current player you’re gonna see on this list, Backes might be one of the most beloved Blues of all time. Spending a solid 10 years with the Blues and playing 727 games for the Blues, and being Captain for close to 6 years, fans will remember his tenacity offensively and defensively. Scoring 206 goals and 254 assists he was a force in front of the net for years. He played through some turbulent times, even though the team was postseason bound nearly every year, he helped get the time to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2001.
Number 5: Shan the Man
More than the darling of female Blues’ fans hearts, he had the rare talent of toughness and scoring ability. Also playing for the Blues for a short time, he definitely made it worth the fans time, racking up 156 goals and 150 assists. He was one of the most elite power forwards in National Hockey League history.
Number 4: Prongs
Known as one of the greatest defensemen of all time, Chris Pronger became the great player that he is known for in St. Louis. Playing along side Al MacInnis for multiple seasons. He won the Hart and Norris in 1999-2000. He racked up 346 points during his tenure with the Blues.
Number 3: The Great One
Did I just put Wayne Gretzky this low on my list? Yes, I did. The reason for that is he only played 18 games for the Blues. Fans will always be left wondering what could’ve been if Keenan hadn’t been an ass. He wanted to end his career playing alongside Brett Hull, but it just wasn’t destiny.
Number 2: MacInnas
Winning the Norris Trophy in 1998-99, he without a doubt had the hardest shot in hockey. MacInnas played in over 600 games for the Blues and racking up 452 points in his time here. Before a career ending eye injury cut short his Hall of Fame career he scored the third most points by a defensemen in league history.
Number 1: The Golden Brett
Playing in over 700 games as a member of the Blues, Brett Hull brought hockey to life in the city of St. Louis. Scoring 70 goals or more three times in his time here, and racking up points to pad his Hall of Fame career. The only accomplishment he never achieved here in St. Louis was a championship. His 527 goals are first in Blues franchise history and his 90-91 season was one fans will never forget. Scoring 82 goals, if you went to game that season you were guaranteed to see him score.