After a solid pre-season record of 4-2, the Blues were looking forward to the regular season to start. Vladimir Tarasenko looked up to speed in pre-season with five goals, and three assists.
There were no real surprises in training camp, other than the play of Kenny Agostino. He played in five games, posting 3 goals, 2 assists. He’s earned a spot on the Blues out of camp and will be starting on the third line. The current line up is as follows;
Left Wing | Center | Right Wing
Steen – Stastny – Tarasenko
Schwartz – Berglund – Fabbri
Agostino – Lehtera – Perron
Upshall – Brodziak – Reaves
Left Defense | Right Defense
Bouwmeester – Pietrangelo
Gunnarsson – Shattenkirk
Edmundson – Parayko
There is a genuine surprise around the league that Kevin Shattenkirk is still a member of the St. Louis Blues to start the season. Everyone knows that he’s been available for a while now and with the play of Colton Parayko, the right side of the Blues defense is absolutely stacked. While his contract is up at the end of the year, many feel the Blues can’t suffer another unrestricted free agent walking for nothing like David Backes and Troy Brouwer did last season.
The season started the season on fire, going 7-1-2 in their first team games of the year. To no one’s surprise, Tarasenko lead the club in scoring, netting 6 goals, 4 assists in the teams first ten games.
The next ten games weren’t as good, but still above average hockey, boosting their record to a staggering 13-5-2. They lead the central division in points, while Dallas was just a point back in the standings. Overall, only the Tampa Bay Lightning had a better record, posting an impressing 15-4-1 in their first twenty games of the year.
The Blues were backed offensively by the play of Tarasenko, who netted 15 goals, 10 assists in his first 20 games of the season. Paul Stastny was his centerman, and he picked up six goals, 15 assists in his first 20, keeping him above a point a game as well.
On defense, Alex Pietrangelo was leading the charge, with four goals, 13 assists for 17 points. Kevin Shattenkirk was tied with Colton Parayko as second on defense in scoring, both with two goals, seven assists.
The story of the season had to have been the play of Kenny Agostino.
His offense dipped after the first 10 games, but his two way ability and hustle has kept him in the line up over Dmitrij Jaskin and Nail Yakupov. He posted three goals, three assists in the twenty games of the year, but head coach Mike Yeo already stated that Jaskin was going to get back into the line up soon. It’s not certain who sits out, Agostino or Ryan Reaves, but Jaskin will be in the line up soon.
The only players on the roster right now without a point are defensemen Carl Gunnarsson and Joel Edmundson. Meanwhile, rumors swirlings Kevin Shattenkirk are heating up, as a few teams have suffered some big injuries thus far this season. The New York Rangers, the New York Islanders, and Toronto Maple Leafs are all said to be interested in the Blues defensemen.
Both goaltenders have been fantastic to start the year. Jake Allen holds a 10-5-2 record, wit ha 2.09 goals against average, and a .928 save percentage. His three shutouts are second best in the league thus far.
Carter Hutton has only played three games in the first twenty but he’s gone 3-0-0 with a minuscule 1.67 goals against average, and a .938 save percentage.
In the American Hockey League, the Wolves have struggled, posting 6-9-1 record, and are lead by Wade Megan offensively, who has 13 points to start the year. Both Pheonix Copley and Ville Husso have losing records, and the lack luster play offensively has been an issue.