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Blues Rout Rangers, Evade Embarrassment

Blues Rout Rangers, Evade Embarrassment

September 12th, 2018 The final day of action in the Traverse City Prospect Tournament saw all eight teams participating in placement games. The first of these games pitted the Rangers against the Blues in the battle for seventh place (or, perhaps, the battle to avoid coming last). As with each game of the tournament,...
Blues Battle Back, but Can't Beat Blackhawks

Blues Battle Back, but Can't Beat Blackhawks

September 11th, 2018 Day 3 is now in the books in Traverse City, as teams battled for their place in the standings heading into Tuesday's slate of placement games. For the St. Louis Blues, Monday saw their best performance of the tournament, a gritty performance in which they battled back from a 3-0 deficit; however,...

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September 4th, 2018
Blues History

The St. Louis Blues have always had near-the-top attendance ratings and boast an excellent list of alumni players such as Wayne Gretzky, Bernie Federko, Al MacInnis, Brett Hull, Chris Pronger and potential Hockey Hall-of-Fame inductee, Keith Tkachuk. Wayne Gretzky, Curtis Joseph and Brendan Shanahan are among the usual forgotten Blues players, but they were big enough names who played a decent number of games for the Blues that you might remember them. But what about some Blues players that played less than a dozen games? Here are five players that you probably forgot played for the Blues. 1. Martin Havlat One of the quickest and shiftiest players in recent memory was Martin Havlat and yes, he was once played for the St. Louis Blues. Havlat is commonly forgotten because he was with the organization for seven days and two games. He received a professional tryout (PTO) from the Blues in October of 2015 and after a series of injuries to their forwards, he signed a...
September 3rd, 2018
Blues History

There will never be any replicating of Doug Harvey. One should be very cautious even about drawing comparisons between the legendary defenseman and other players since his time. Bobby Orr certainly revolutionized the defense position. Paul Coffey rewrote the majority of the offensive records for D-men. Nicklas Lidstrom defined the 1990s and 2000s as the best blueliner of his particular era and then some. But no defender - argue if you will - embodied the definition of the position than what Harvey did. He sculpted the game before Orr did, was the original "offensive defenseman", and shall forever be the consummate blueliner. Ability to generate offense - check. Creating plays and headmanning the puck - check. Quarterbacking the point and running the power play - check. Powerful skating and deceptiveness - check. Longevity to its utmost - check. Relevance in three different decades of NHL hockey - check. A perennial champion and award recipient numerous times - check. The leadership...
September 2nd, 2018
Blues Management

Successful drafting makes or breaks an NHL franchise. Since Doug Armstrong took over as the St. Louis Blues general manager in 2010, they have built very successfully from within. Several key draft selections have developed into cornerstones of the team. But it hasn't all been roses. The Blues have missed, and missed badly, on a few top round selections as well. As we survey the best and worst draft picks of the Armstrong era, we'll keep several things in mind. 1) These choices will be measured by NHL success with the Blues. Success in the junior leagues, internationally, or for another NHL team will not be considered. 2) For a pick to be a "bust," it has to occur in the first two rounds. Rounds three and beyond are a dice roll at best. 3) By the same token, players selected in the third round or later who make impacts in the NHL are incredible finds by their organization, and therefore will be given special consideration as great picks. The Blues' Worst Picks Since 2010 5) 2012:...
August 31st, 2018
Blues Prospects

Jordan Schmaltz has been a member of the St. Louis Blues' organization since he was drafted in the first round in 2012. But now, six years later, he remains the team's last unsigned restricted free agent as the 2018-19 season quickly approaches. Schmaltz remains confident that a deal will get done, but the delay has caused some to question: is Jordan Schmaltz still a part of the Blues' future? Or is he going to be forever labeled as a draft bust? 2012 NHL Draft Playing for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL, Jordan Schmaltz earned a reputation as a top quality defensive prospect. Excelling in the offensive zone, Schmaltz drew comparisons to the likes of Keith Yandle, who at the time was one of the premier offensive defenders in the league, playing for the Arizona Coyotes. Schmaltz was a great puck-handler with considerable poise and hockey IQ, skills that had earned him a scholarship to play under Dave Hakstol (now the Philadelphia Flyers' head coach) at the top flight NCAA program...