Franklin Steele

Franklin Steele has been writing about hockey around the web since 2011. He is currently a St. Louis Blues writer for The Hockey Writers, featured columnist at Bleacher Report, featured NHL writer for and managing editor for Feel free to touch base with him at

Recent Articles by Franklin

Tomas Hertl is experiencing reality for the first time in his young career (Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports).

Tomas Hertl Spurs San Jose Sharks’ Offense

It didn’t take NHL fans too long to forget Tomas Hertl’s smiling face. Back in October, the San Jose Sharks rookie made a quite a splash by posting 11 points […]

by · April 23, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · San Jose Sharks
(Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Chicago Blackhawks Sleeping on St. Louis Blues’ Time Bomb

Fans of the Chicago Blackhawks are chomping at the bit to get a piece of the St. Louis Blues. The way they see it, the Blues are back peddling into their […]

by · April 15, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · St Louis Blues
(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Here Come the Florida Panthers (Seriously)

With 19 points standing between the Florida Panthers and the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference, it’s all be assured that the team will miss the playoffs for […]

by · March 24, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Florida Panthers
Miller started his short stint with the Blues 8-0-1 (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

The Ryan Miller Effect

Prior to landing Ryan Miller ahead of the trade deadline, the St. Louis Blues were already among the NHL’s top teams. Jaroslav Halak had done a majority of the heavy […]

by · March 18, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · St Louis Blues
Tarasenko is the lone Blues Russian player (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

The Eruption of Vladimir Tarasenko

Vladimir Tarasenko is slowly becoming the player that scouts that he could be in his draft year. The St. Louis Blues have gone from ballyhooed preseason Stanley Cup favorite to legitimate […]

by · March 15, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · St Louis Blues
Sobotka was the NHL's top faceoff man in 2013-14 (Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports)

St. Louis Blues and Their Superpowers

  A glance at the standings would tell even the most modest hockey fan that the St. Louis Blues are among the favorites to win the Stanley Cup this season. […]

by · March 11, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · St Louis Blues
Reaves received 9 minutes of penalties in Thursday's contest (Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports)

St. Louis Blues Won’t Be Winning Any Playoff Popularity Contests

The St. Louis Blues have been slowly building towards this roster for years. Doug Armstrong has been piecing together a nasty, defensibly responsible juggernaut since he took the team over […]

by · March 4, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · St Louis Blues
Halak played in parts of 4 seasons with St. Louis (Icon SMI)

How Jaroslav Halak Compares to Cup-Winning Goalies

  The St. Louis Blues continue to find themselves in the middle of a goaltending controversy with Jaroslav Halak. This despite the fact that he’s a proven playoff goalie and […]

by · February 27, 2014 · 2 comments · NHL Goaltending, St Louis Blues
Valeri Nichushkin has earned praise from Lindy Ruff as of late, and the rookie winger has certainly justified such sentiments with his play. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Predicting Every Olympic Nation’s Future Face

The Winter Olympics aren’t usually the time for breakout performances from young players. Given the best-on-best format and the size of the stage, it’s rare to see a teen or […]

by · February 19, 2014 · 3 comments · International Hockey, Olympics
Backes scored the first goal for the Blues on Thursday (Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports)

St. Louis Blues Among NHL’s Most Well-Managed Teams

The St. Louis Blues have managed to resist the temptation of overspending while building a Stanley Cup contending team despite rampant dollar-flinging by other franchises around the NHL. It only […]

by · February 11, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · St Louis Blues, The Business of Hockey
Buchnevich's playing style is close to fellow countryman, Vladimir Tarasenko.

Vladimir Tarasenko Surprisingly Solid in All Three Zones

Vladimir Tarasenko was widely regarded as one of the top young players not skating in the NHL after the St. Louis Blues selected him with the 16th-overall selection in the […]

by · February 10, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · St Louis Blues
Pavel Datsyuk

Detroit Red Wing Pavel Datsyuk Showing His Playoff Mettle

  There was some question before last night’s game 5 about Pavel Datsyuk’s availability.  Something about a hurt wrist?  Three assists later—including a sick steal and feed on the game […]