Mike Poepping | @pep30

Mike has covered the St. Louis Blues and Tampa Bay Lightning in depth for The Hockey Writers since 2013. He is also a contributing writer for KSDK News Channel 5, the St. Louis area NBC affiliate, and a co-host of the St. Louis Blues Face-Off Show on KSDK.com. Follow him on Twitter @pep30.

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Recent Articles by Mike

Oct 19, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91) reaches for the puck against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy (6) during the second period at Honda Center. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)

Pep Talk: Blues Shot Selection and Spatial Awareness

Pep Talk is a semi-regular series where current Blues playing trends are discussed in a constructive way. Find more musings about your St. Louis Blues by following Mike Poepping on Twitter: […]

by · October 22, 2014 · 1 comment · News/Commentary, St Louis Blues
Lindstrom spent the past four seasons playing in Sweden

Joakim Lindstrom May Be the Blues Key to a Truly Successful Year

Though it’s far too early to see the lasting effects Joakim Lindstrom will have on the St. Louis Blues, he could very well be the key to a deep playoff […]

by · October 15, 2014 · 0 comments · Player Profiles, St Louis Blues
Vladimir Tarasenko scored 21 goals last season (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

5 Things Fans Learned from the Blues Preseason

The St. Louis Blues and their fans alike are anxiously awaiting opening night of the 2014-15 NHL season, and the excitement is truly rising around the city. Thursday night cannot […]

Robby Fabbri (Terry Wilson /OHL Images)

Robby Fabbri Closes in on Roster Spot

The St. Louis Blues are quickly closing in on their final roster for the 2014-15 NHL season, but the coaching staff’s toughest decisions still lie ahead. One of the biggest […]

by · October 1, 2014 · 5 comments · Prospects, St Louis Blues
Center Ice American Golden Ale is the flagship beer for the Center Ice Brewing Company.

New St. Louis Area Craft Brewing Company Set to Exceed Hockey Fans’ Dreams in 2015

There’s going to be plenty of buzz surrounding the St. Louis Blues this season, with the recent re-signing of Jaden Schwartz, all of the new talent coming in droves, and […]

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

Blues’ Training Camp Unveils a (Healthy) Problem

The St. Louis Blues opened their 2014-15 training camp last Thursday with off-ice conditioning and fitness testing. Over the past week they have trimmed their roster from 52 players to […]

by · September 24, 2014 · 2 comments · News/Commentary, St Louis Blues
(Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

The ‘New-Look’ Blues Look Past Jerseys to Focus on Playing Style

The 2014-15 St. Louis Blues will be sporting a fresh take on a classic jersey look (from the early 2000s) when they hit the ice in just over a month, […]

by · September 12, 2014 · 0 comments · News/Commentary, St Louis Blues
Oshie is widely considered the Blues' best player (Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports)

6 St. Louis Blues on the Hot Seat

There’s no doubt that the St. Louis Blues are preparing for one of their most exciting seasons in the club’s 47 year history. From new jerseys, great off-season personnel moves, […]

Brian Elliott (Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports)

Elliott & Allen: Blues Goaltending Expectations

The St. Louis Blues have been among the busiest teams in the NHL this summer, but what they locked up between the pipes may be the biggest story of the […]

Sobotka signed with a KHL team this summer (Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE)

St. Louis Blues Lose Sobotka, Focus on Moving Forward

The St. Louis Blues lost a key component to their offensive strategy this morning, when power forward Vladimir Sobotka decided to go play closer to home in the KHL.   […]

Patrik Berglund may be on a line with David Backes and T.J. Oshie. (Icon SMI)

The Blues Signing Patrik Berglund May Lead to a Trade

The St. Louis Blues made things interesting for Friday’s draft day yesterday afternoon when they signed Swedish forward Patrik Berglund to a new 3-year deal. BREAKING: #stlblues have agreed to terms on […]

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Top 5 Most Interesting Blues NHL Draft Picks

The NHL draft is certainly a magical time of year each summer. It gives hope and builds anticipation for teams around the league and their fans alike. The NHL draft has […]