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

(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
Schwartz led the Blues with a plus-28 last season (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Blues Trying to Bridge Gap in Jaden Schwartz Contract Discussions

The summer has provided St. Louis Blues fans with some extreme highs. It all started with a titillating draft that saw 10 draft picks and a trade to bring in […]

by · September 5, 2014 · 0 comments · Free Agents, St Louis Blues
Brian Elliott (Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports)

Blues Roundtable: Has This Summer Been Productive?

Why don’t the Blues just get a really fat guy to play in net? Why doesn’t management just trade a draft pick and Ian Cole for Sidney Crosby? These are […]

by · August 6, 2014 · 0 comments · St Louis Blues
(Photo:  Andy Martin Jr)

Peter Mueller: Steal of the Summer?

Few heads were turned when the St. Louis Blues announced on Tuesday that they agreed to terms with forward Peter Mueller on a one-year, two-way contract. Exact terms of the […]

by · July 30, 2014 · 0 comments · Free Agents, St Louis Blues
Steen returned to the lineup last week but couldn't help the Blues overcome a 6-game skid  (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Coach Hitchcock Hints at Lineup Changes

Over the summer months, NHL teams like to turn their Twitter over to players, coaches or management. It’s a fun way to allow access into the depths of the organization […]

by · July 25, 2014 · 2 comments · St Louis Blues
Alex Pietrangelo missed Day 1 of camp last season (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

St. Louis Blues Social Media Guide

It’s official, folks: summer has arrived. Those long, grueling days where AHL signings trickle in about once a day seem as though they are here to stay. What is a […]

by · July 23, 2014 · 0 comments · St Louis Blues
Sobotka was the NHL's top faceoff man in 2013-14 (Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports)

Quick on the Draw: Blues Remain Strong in the Circle

Thursday was a dark day in St. Louis Blues history… depending on who you ask. It was announced that last season’s trade-deadline acquisition at forward, Steve Ott, signed a two-year, […]

by · July 14, 2014 · 0 comments · Free Agents, St Louis Blues
Paul Stastny is a St. Louis native (Icon SMI)

Beyond the Numbers: Stastny’s Fit in St. Louis

The adage the early bird gets the worm proved to be true for the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. Paul Stastny stressed to the Blues’ website how important it was […]

by · July 3, 2014 · 0 comments · Free Agents, St Louis Blues
(James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)

Signings of Stastny, Lehtera Bolster Blues Offense

The St. Louis Blues just became a little more terrifying. After making 10 selections in the 2014 NHL Draft, the Blues added two centers to the NHL lineup on Tuesday. Jori […]

by · July 1, 2014 · 0 comments · Free Agents, St Louis Blues
Robby Fabbri (Terry Wilson /OHL Images)

Robby Fabbri Was the “Best Player Available” for St. Louis Blues

With all of the talk of center Jason Spezza coming to St. Louis and the Blues doing a sign-and-trade of forward Patrik Berglund, some forgot that the Blues had a […]