Mike Poepping

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.

Recent Articles by Mike

The Blues are a team that can expect scoring from all four lines (Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports)

Moving On From Barret Jackman

The St. Louis Blues dropped the first bomb of the summer this morning, when a report from long-time Blues insider, Jeremy Rutherford, surfaced about the team’s intent to let Barret […]

by · June 11, 2015 · 0 comments · News, St Louis Blues
Jordan Schmaltz is headed into his junior year at UND (Eric Classen, UND Sports)

Jordan Schmaltz Signs 3-Year Entry Level Deal

University of North Dakota standout Jordan Schmaltz has made the decision to forgo his senior year with the school’s illustrious men’s hockey team to try and crack the Blues roster as […]

by · May 29, 2015 · 0 comments · Prospects, St Louis Blues
(Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Hitchcock’s Contract Extension Isn’t as Bad as Fans Think

The St. Louis Blues dropped a bomb on their fans on Tuesday, when they announced the contract extension of head coach Ken Hitchcock, whom many in the area thought was on […]

by · May 26, 2015 · 0 comments · St Louis Blues
Dan & Margaret Hickling

Dissecting the Blues 2015 NHL Draft Options

The St. Louis Blues have come to a lull in picks heading into the 2015 NHL Draft this summer. A series of trades sent most of their picks to other teams, […]

by · May 21, 2015 · 0 comments · Prospects, St Louis Blues
The Blues have a long offseason ahead (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

The Blues Best & Worst Case Scenario for Next Season

The St. Louis Blues once again overshadowed an impressive regular season with another early playoff exit, which leaves everyone from the front office out wondering exactly what moves need to […]

Into the Crystal Ball: What the St. Louis Blues Could Look Like Next Season

Into the Crystal Ball: What the St. Louis Blues Could Look Like Next Season

The St. Louis Blues and their fans are undoubtedly pondering every situation over the past 3 seasons, wondering what went wrong. 3 straight 1st round postseason exits is not how […]

The Blues have a long offseason ahead (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

Change Imminent as Blues Make (Yet) Another Early Playoff Exit

The St. Louis Blues just can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to playoff hockey. Regardless of who they play or who’s on their roster they are either too injured, […]

(Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

The Playoffs are a 7-Game Series for a Reason

There’s been a lot of chatter surrounding the St. Louis Blues most recent “implosion” in game 3 of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, where the Wild took […]

Vladimir Tarasenko (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Blues Look to Repeat Playoffs Past Again this Season

The St. Louis Blues are looking to reach new heights this postseason on the wings of one of the deepest teams in their storied history, but can they finally overcome their past transgressions […]

by · April 20, 2015 · 0 comments · St Louis Blues
Steen scored just once in the postseason (Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports)

Blues Win Central Division, But Still Need to Battle

The St. Louis Blues are your 2014-15 Central Division Champions, which brings a brief sigh of relief to the team and its fans. However, the celebration on Thursday night after […]

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

Staying Healthy is Paramount to Blues Starting Playoffs Right

The St. Louis Blues haven’t had the easiest road to end their 2014-15 NHL season, playing 8 out of their last 10 against teams in the playoff hunt. The last […]

by · April 7, 2015 · 0 comments · St Louis Blues
Shattenkirk has been a staple on the Blues' blue line (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)

Kevin Shattenkirk Still Deserves Norris Mention

Though the St. Louis Blues are still trying to find their playoff stride with 6 games left in the 2014-15 NHL season, the team has recently welcomed back All-Star defenseman […]