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
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
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
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
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 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
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?
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?
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
Lineup Dreams – October 4th can’t come soon enough!… Read More Lineup Dreams
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
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.
*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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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)