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June 17th, 2020
St Louis Blues

As we get closer to a hopeful return of the 2020 NHL playoffs, we have time to sit down and answer some St. Louis Blues questions from everyone around the hockey world. Prospect talk to playoff talk and a whole lot more featured in this mailbag article. What are your thoughts on Scott Perunovich? Is he ready for the big club? (@JoshuaBellTHW on Twitter) I think that Scott Perunovich is one of the best offensively gifted defensemen in the Blues' system in a long time. You look at what he did at Minnesota-Duluth, winning titles and the Hobey Baker in 2019-20, he's a special player. Scott Perunovich, St. Louis Blues, 2018 NHL Entry Draft (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) He scored 20 goals in three seasons for Minnesota-Duluth and added 85 assists - elite numbers for a...
June 16th, 2020
Vegas Golden Knights

In today's NHL rumor rundown, as the Buffalo Sabres announced the firing of GM Jason Botterill and then the hiring of Kevyn Adams as his replacement, the question being asked is, 'Why hire a new GM so quickly?' The Vegas Golden Knights have extended Ryan Reaves but why did he take such a big pay cut? Will Vancouver Canucks' Loui Eriksson retire? And, is there any chance Tyler Bozak returns to the Toronto Maple Leafs? Sabres Clean House, More Changes Coming One month after announcing his job was safe, then announcing the release of the GM and both assistant GM's, it became clear the Buffalo Sabres were cleaning house. What changed ownership's mind and why the rush to hire another GM so quickly? It seems hurried considering Botterill's name was still on press releases for signings by...
June 16th, 2020
Blues History

There was only one game played on June 16 and it brought the Stanley Cup back to Motown for the second straight year. This date in National Hockey League also saw a very memorable draft as well as more honors for two of the most decorated defensemen to ever play in the league. Back-to-Back Sweeps for Red Wings The Detroit Red Wings won their second straight championship, on June 16, 1998, by beating the Washington Capitals 4-1, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. It marked the second straight four-game sweep of the Final by the Red Wings, who beat the Philadelphia Flyers in four games the previous season. They became the first team since the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and 1992 to win back-to-back Stanley Cups. The remained the only team to do so until the Penguins repeated as...
June 14th, 2020
Blues History

The St. Louis Blues have arguably reached the pinnacle of their franchise in the last few seasons, winning the Stanley Cup for the first time in 2019. Even so, while they may not be the NHL's most storied franchise, they have had some great players come through the Gateway City, either for most of a career (like Brett Hull) or for part of a season (like Wayne Gretzky). At The Hockey Writers, we have been reviewing each franchise's 100-point scorers one at a time. Since their debut in 1967, the Blues have had a player reach 100 points in a season 13 different times. It is a fascinating list full of some names you'd expect, and some others you might not even know played in St. Louis. The Golden Brett It will come as no surprise that the player most famously associated with the...
June 12th, 2020
Blues Prospects

The St. Louis Blues entered the 2019 NHL Draft as the defending Stanley Cup Champions. But that wouldn't deter general manager Doug Armstrong from preparing to build a foundation for the future. Coming off the back of a 2018 Draft where he selected a future Hobey Baker Award winner (Scott Perunovich) and a future World Junior Championship national hero (Joel Hofer, though neither had done it yet at the time), Armstrong had a long tenure of success to live up to. Without a first-round pick thanks to the trade that brought in Conn Smythe Trophy and Selke Trophy winner Ryan O'Reilly, he would start with just five picks, the earliest coming 62nd overall. It's been almost a year now since the 2019 Draft, and though the COVID-19 pandemic shortened many of these prospects' seasons, it...
June 8th, 2020
St Louis Blues

Recently, the St. Louis Blues team of writers for THW had the opportunity to participate in the seven-round mock draft along with other team writers. The Blues had five selections in this draft, all within the first five rounds. Make sure to keep in mind that the selections of this draft will differ from the actual draft, whenever that takes place. Let's see who the Blues landed in the 2020 THW Mock Draft. First Round, Pick #30: Ryan O'Rourke, D, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL Ryan O'Rourke could very well be the steal of this draft. He's certainly in the top five of the defensemen group of this class. Coming in at 6-foot-1 and 169 pounds, he presents a unique set of skills and traits. Ryan O'Rourke of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. (Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL...