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

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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 battles with Anze Kopitar in the 2013 playoffs (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 […]

MacInnis is slated to go late in the first round (Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

St. Louis Blues Draft Targets Part VI: Ryan MacInnis

Father-son combinations are nothing new to the NHL. Two years ago, onlookers watched the then-Phoenix Coyotes draft Henrik Samuelsson (No. 27 overall), the son of former NHL stalwart Ulf Samuelsson, […]

Nick Schmaltz was selected just before Fabbri at No. 20.
(Diacounda Sene/YIS Photo/IOC)

St. Louis Blues Draft Targets Part V: Nick Schmaltz

When the St. Louis Blues drafted defenseman Jordan Schmaltz with their first-round selection (25th overall) in 2012, general manager Doug Armstrong likely saw the success of the 2011-12 season continuing […]

Travis Sanheim (Brad Watson/WHL)

St. Louis Blues Draft Targets Part IV: Travis Sanheim

So far in this series, we have looked at the possible forwards that the Blues could take with their No. 21 pick in this upcoming weekend’s draft. Sometimes, the best […]

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Pondering Possible Draft Day Trades: Spezza, Thornton and Kesler

Some call draft weekend the most exciting time in the NHL for all 30 teams. Not only is it the time to think about your franchise’s long-term success, it’s pretty […]

Adrian Kempe (Photo: Håkan-Nordström)

St. Louis Blues Draft Targets Part III: Adrian Kempe

Although the Blues have been working on a formula that equates to playoff victories, they seem to have the regular season figured out. A tenacious forecheck, never-say-die attitude and exasperating […]