Jeff Ponder

Jeff Ponder
I joined TheHockeyWriters in January 2012 while serving as a St. Louis Blues media member during the 2011-12 season. Currently, I am the Blues writer for InsideSTL.com and CBS Sports Radio 920. I have reported for two NHL drafts and am a 2014-15 NHL media member.


Recent Articles by Jeff

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Improving the NHL All-Star Game: Ultimate Fantasy Hockey

When the NHL introduced the new All-Star Game format in 2011, fans around the League were abuzz. Nicklas Lidstrom and Eric Staal were the captains, and they were set to […]

Ken Hitchcock answered questions from Blues fans on Tuesday (TSN Photography)

Ken Hitchcock Continues to Surpass Milestones

There was a change in the St. Louis Blues to open the 2011-12 season. A year after the acquisition of starting goaltender Jaroslav Halak, the Blues added veteran free agents […]

by · January 20, 2015 · 0 comments · NHL Coaching, St Louis Blues
Elliott is now the team's No. 1 goaltender (Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports)

Brian Elliott Quietly Becoming Franchise’s Best Goaltender

The St. Louis Blues have employed many greats in net over the years. The list includes Glenn Hall, Mike Liut, Curtis Joseph, Grant Fuhr and … Brian Elliott? It’s true, […]

by · January 19, 2015 · 0 comments · NHL Goaltending, St Louis Blues
(Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE)

Completing the Circle: Why Brodeur Should Return to Devils

Imagine a world where Mike Modano only played for the Stars franchise and Jarome Iginla wore just the flaming “C” on his chest. The accomplishments from both of these players […]

(Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

Blues and Red Wings: Rivalry Renewed?

For sports fans of every city, there’s always that one team that the masses want to see fail. Maybe that team is always on the winning end of a hard-fought […]

by · January 16, 2015 · 1 comment · St Louis Blues
Vladimir Tarasenko scored 21 goals last season (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Jake Allen Taking Advantage of Return To Crease

Earlier this month, St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock made a decision in the crease that created its fair share of questions. The veteran of over 1,250 games behind […]

by · January 14, 2015 · 2 comments · NHL Goaltending, St Louis Blues
Shattenkirk was acquired by the Blues in February 2011 (bridgetds/Flickr)

Power Outage No More: Blues PP Driving Offense

The St. Louis Blues found a number of problems in their game that led to a first-round exit in the 2014 playoffs. Whether it was lack of a “killer instinct,” […]

by · January 12, 2015 · 0 comments · St Louis Blues
The Kings have been a thorn in the Blues' side since the 2011-12 season (Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports)

St. Louis Still Suffers From California Blues

California can be a polar opposite within itself. If you find yourself in the southern part of the state, you’ll likely be sitting outside with the temperature staying between 65 […]

by · January 9, 2015 · 0 comments · St Louis Blues
Shattenkirk was acquired by the Blues in February 2011 (bridgetds/Flickr)

Mathematics Don’t Lie: Blues Finding Offense Across the Board

Steen-Backes-Oshie returning to form At this point last season, the St. Louis Blues were garnering plenty of offense from one of the most prolific lines in the NHL. Alexander Steen, […]

by · January 6, 2015 · 1 comment · St Louis Blues
Jaskin scored his second career goal on Saturday (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Blues Rookie, New Linemates Taking Charge

The word dynamic can be overused, misused and misinterpreted in sports speak. It has been adopted to describe a player with a pocket full of tricks or a star-studded goaltender […]

by · December 30, 2014 · 0 comments · St Louis Blues
Oshie and the Blues' PK unit has been a point of concern as of late (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Penalties, PK Unit Dooming Blues

After what was the team’s most embarrassing loss of the 2014-15 season, a 5-0 defeat at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche, the St. Louis Blues entered the holiday break […]

by · December 28, 2014 · 0 comments · St Louis Blues
Demitra ranks 5th all time in points for the Blues franchise.

The Top-5 European Blues of All-Time

The St. Louis Blues have built a top-six forward unit the past few seasons that is mostly comprised of Americans and Canadians. David Backes, Brad Boyes, Paul Kariya and T.J. […]

by · December 19, 2014 · 2 comments · St Louis Blues, Top 10 Lists