“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
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
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?
Can Allen overcome adversity? Will Tarasenko finally score 50?… Read More 3 Bold Predictions for 2018-19 Season
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
*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
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
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
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?
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
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
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?
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
“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)
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
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