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

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 […]

Ivan Barbashev (Photo: Brad Watson)

St. Louis Blues Draft Targets Part II: Ivan Barbashev

There’s a reason that there has only been three Russian prospects drafted at No. 1 overall in the 50 years of the NHL Entry Draft. The stigma that Russians don’t […]

Josh Ho-Sang: a true enigma for the 2014 NHL Draft (Terry Wilson /OHL Images)

St. Louis Blues Draft Targets Part I: Josh Ho-Sang

Is there a more exciting time for an NHL franchise than the days leading up to the NHL Entry Draft? Think about it: not only are all 30 teams negotiating […]

Blues prospect Jake Allen in a mid-season game (Credit: Texas Stars Hockey)

Your Summer Guide to St. Louis Blues Prospects

Looking at the St. Louis Blues’ young roster, it’s easy to see why they were once considered a team loaded with prospects. However, the team has seen the core of […]