Jeff Ponder Jeff Ponder | @jponder94

I joined TheHockeyWriters in January 2012 while serving as a St. Louis Blues media member during the 2011-12 season. Currently, fellow THW writer Mike Poepping and I host the Blues Face Off Show, found on KSDK.com, St. Louis' No. 1 source for news.

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Recent Articles by Jeff

Steen recorded 9 points last year in the second game of back-to-back contests (Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports)

Video: Top 5 Plays of the Blues’ Young Season

It’s another Red October. This means that the Gateway City is engulfed in another Major League Baseball postseason as its St. Louis Cardinals are attempting to win the franchise’s 12th […]

by · October 15, 2014 · 1 comment · St Louis Blues, Top 10 Lists
Jake Allen (Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports)

5 Predictions for the 2014-15 St. Louis Blues

Yesterday, we previewed the St. Louis Blues’ upcoming season. Paul Stastny and Jori Lehtera look to make a difference this season while rookie goaltender Jake Allen has officially been given […]

Vladimir Tarasenko scored 21 goals last season (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Climbing the Hill: The St. Louis Blues 2014-15 Season Preview

The St. Louis Blues are much like the fabled story of King Sisyphus. The Ephyra king, who was a well-known adulterer and murderer, was given the mindless task of rolling […]

Toronto skyline at night (John Vetteri/cc 2.0)

NHL Expansion Roundtable: Toronto

NHL expansion was discussed in exhaustion this summer when it broke that the league was considering adding four franchises. The NHL has flirted with Las Vegas for quite some time, […]

Oct 2, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues center Jaden Schwartz (17) passes the puck during the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Scottrade Center. The St. Louis Blues defeat the Minnesota Wild 4-1. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Blues’ Jaden Schwartz Shines in Return

Sometimes, it’s difficult to find the storyline of a preseason contest. That was not the case in St. Louis Thursday night. Playing in the final home game of the 2014 […]

by · October 3, 2014 · 0 comments · St Louis Blues
With mountains, lakes, forests and money, about the only thing Seattle doesn't have is the NHL and NBA - yet. Credit: Spmenic, at Wikimedia Commons.

NHL Expansion Roundtable: Seattle

The Seattle Mariners recently saw their season come to an end. The Seahawks have already played the first three games of the season and are entering a bye week. Imagine […]

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NHL Expansion Roundtable: Las Vegas

Wayne Newton, the guys from The Hangover series and… the NHL? It’s been a long-debated topic since the NHL moved its annual awards show to Las Vegas in 2010 – […]

Nordiques fans have shown up at NHL rinks asking for a team to return to Quebec (Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE)

NHL Expansion Roundtable: Quebec City

Expansion was the talk of the summer when news broke that the NHL was planning to move into four cities. For every reason you can possibly think of, this gripped […]

Paajarvi has been used in all scoring situations in St. Louis (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

St. Louis Blues: Training Camp Notes

The St. Louis Blues are hoping that more of the same will not be the trend in the Gateway City. A franchise that has not seen the Western Conference Final […]

by · September 22, 2014 · 0 comments · St Louis Blues
Reaves received 9 minutes of penalties in Thursday's contest (Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports)

Ryan Reaves vs. Paul Bissonnette: Who’s the Winner?

Dallas Stars Rookie Valeri Nichushkin missed the license plate of the truck that plowed him over in front of the St. Louis Blues’ bench. At 11:56 of the first period […]

by · September 17, 2014 · 0 comments · St Louis Blues, Videos
Book Review: 100 Things Blues Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

Book Review: 100 Things Blues Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

You know the important chunks of St. Louis Blues history – the three Stanley Cup Final appearances at the beginning, the Monday Night Miracle and Brett Hull’s fabulous 86-goal season […]

by · September 17, 2014 · 0 comments · Hockey Books
(Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports)

Blues’ Tarasenko Poised for Breakout Year

Last postseason, the St. Louis Blues coaching staff witnessed one of its players break out just when it was needed most. Vladimir Tarasenko, who missed the final 15 contests of […]

by · September 11, 2014 · 0 comments · Player Profiles, St Louis Blues