My Top 10 Favorite St. Louis Blues Players Right Now

Editor’s note: Please say hello to Ana Kieu for the season! Ana is new to St. Louis and new to reporting on the blues. She is a Bay Area transplant getting to know her new home and new hometown team. Think of this as their introduction.

The St. Louis Blues were one of six teams to join the NHL thanks to the 1967 NHL expansion. Since then, St. Louis has won, drafted, and traded many players. While I have some favorite blues-blues, I’ve currently narrowed the list down to my top 10 favorite blues players.

Honorable Mention: Dakota Joshua

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Dakota Joshua is relatively new to the NHL. He was the 28th overall winner of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2014 NHL Draft. From there, he played two seasons for the Sioux Falls Stampede and helped them win the 2015 Clark Cup.

Fast forward to 2019, when Joshua’s rights were traded for cash to the Blues. Joshua made his NHL debut on March 1, 2021, scoring a goal against the Anaheim Ducks. After his debut, Joshua told the media, “It was everything I expected and a lot more. Playing in the National Hockey League is the greatest honor you can have in hockey. So it was an unreal experience to be part of the club today. “

10. Mike Hoffman

NHL: St. Louis Blues with the San Jose Sharks

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Mike Hoffman began his NHL career as a member of the Ottawa Senators. In the 2009 NHL draft, he was drafted by the Senators to 130th overall.

Hoffman is from Kitchener, Ontario and has come a long way in his professional hockey career. In 2014-15, he was selected for the NHL All-Star Weekend and led all NHL newbies with 16 goals. In 2018 he was sold to the Florida Panthers, with whom he had a 17-point streak with 10 goals and 10 assists, breaking the franchise record previously held by Pavel Bure, the 1999-00 a 13-point streak would have.

It’s fun to watch him be a goalscorer and an attacking winger. There were trade talks, however, after he was a healthy scratch for the March 28 game against the Anaheim Ducks. I don’t expect him to stick with the blues long term.

9. Tyler Bozak

NHL: St. Louis Blues with the San Jose Sharks

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I’ve been following Tyler Bozak since he signed a two-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2009. Bozak scored his first career NHL hat trick in 2015, scoring alongside James van Riemsdyk and a career high of 55 points for Mitch Marner in 2016-17. There is no doubt that Bozak is one of the more solid players in the league as his great skating and pass-first mentality helps him stand out.

Obviously, Bozak didn’t win a Stanley Cup with the Maple Leafs. This could have been one of the reasons he decided to become a free agent and sign a three-year, $ 15 million deal with the Blues. If so, his wish was granted in 2019 and he deserved his success.

8. Jordan Kyrou

NHL: St. Louis Blues with the San Jose Sharks

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Jordan Kyrou, a 35th overall winner of the Blues in the 2016 NHL Draft, is another fun player. Before he came to St. Louis, he was a member of the Sarnia Sting and won the Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy as the best right winger of the OHL with 109 points.

Today Kyrou is turning heads with his extraordinary talent, which is ahead of his potential. He is only 22 years old but he has shown the masses that he can keep up. He’s ridden with veterans like Jaden Schwartz and Brayden Schenn this season. He’s the real deal.

7. David Perron

NHL: St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche

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David Perron was drafted in the 2007 NHL Draft by the Blues to 26th overall. He is currently in his third stint on the team. He previously played for the Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks and Vegas Golden Knights.

Perron may be a journeyman, but you can’t deny that he exceeded expectations. In 2019, he scored 46 points in 57 regular season games, helping the Blues advance in the NHL standings, the postseason and eventually the Stanley Cup final, where they beat Boston 4-1 in seven games Bruins won. Blues fans were relieved when their team won their first Stanley Cup and rebounded from a catastrophic six-game loss to the San Jose Sharks in the 2016 Western Conference Final – and yes, I treated that series as the Sharks beat reporter for Inside Ice Hockey in its first year of ice hockey . Despite the loss, it was an amazing experience as I had just graduated from San Jose State University in 2015.

6. Jaden Schwartz

NHL: March 26, Ducks in the Blues

Jaden Schwartz was selected by the Blues in the 2010 NHL Draft. He won a Stanley Cup in 2019 and led the Blues in the playoffs by 12 goals. When he’s healthy, he’s a solid goalscorer in the regular season and postseason.

5. Brayden Schenn

NHL: Anaheim Ducks in the St. Louis Blues

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Deputy Blues captain and center Brayden Schenn was originally voted fifth overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2009 NHL Draft. The Kings swapped Schenn for the Philadelphia Flyers, with whom he scored his first career NHL hat trick in 2016. The Flyers exchanged Schenn for the Blues and the rest was history.

Schenn won his first Stanley Cup with the Blues in 2019, but let’s not forget that he scored 42 points in 32 games before being named the 2018 NHL All-Star Game and finishing 2017/18 with 70 points and 42 assists. He’s a hard worker on the ice and a great ice guy. Jake Neighbors felt at home by letting him stay at his St. Louis home.

4. Colton Parayko

NHL: St. Louis Blues with Arizona Coyotes

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Colton Parayko is another alternate captain for the blues. In the 2012 NHL Draft, he was voted 86th overall by the Blues. He has become a fan favorite.

Parayko has become one of my favorite blues players. When I first saw him play at the SAP Center, I fell in love with his defensive game, his tough work ethic, and his extreme drive to improve. He’s an all-round player.

3. Jordan Binnington

NHL: Anaheim Ducks in the St. Louis Blues

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No list would be complete without mentioning a goalkeeper. So, let’s go. The blues goalkeeper Jordan Binnington was drafted in the 2011 NHL Draft by the team of the same name to 88th overall. Binnington previously played for the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack from 2009-13.

Binnington completes the blues team. The Blues have a special team with a great mix of veterans and newbies – and they recently signed Binnington on a six-year deal worth $ 36 million. To many more years of Binnington making remarkable saves in front of the blues net.

2. Ryan O’Reilly

NHL: St. Louis Blues with the San Jose Sharks

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Oh captain! My captain!

Blues captain Ryan O’Reilly was originally voted 33rd overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2009 NHL Draft. The same day his brother Cal signed a two-year contract in Upstate New York, he was sold to the Buffalo Sabers.

After three years, Buffalo Ryan traded to St. Louis, where he belongs. Ryan deserves the captaincy and you can’t tell me otherwise. Ryan became the first NHL player to score in four consecutive Stanley Cup finals since Wayne Gretzky in 1985. Gretzky played for the blues in 1996.

1. Vladimir Tarasenko

NHL: Vegas Golden Knights in the St. Louis Blues

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Last but not least, Blues is deputy captain and winger Vladimir Tarasenko.

Tarasenko, who was voted 16th overall by the Blues in the 2010 NHL Draft, was the first Blues player I heard of – and there’s nothing wrong with that. After all, he is full of star power and so is his family. His father Andrei is a former RSL top scorer and Olympic champion who took part in the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. His wife Yana is a model and lifestyle blogger. So there is no shortage of popularity here.

Yes, Tarasenko’s injuries are frustrating, but I’m still enjoying his game. Fun to see, he’s one of the league’s most dangerous scorers and his wrist shot is precise and unique. It’s the whole package, with room to get better and healthier. Why make a controversial trade?

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