Three Things Blues Music Fans Should be Thankful for

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in America. This is the time when we get together to thank God for all we have received over the year. It is a time to look back at what has been accomplished and find the positive in even the most difficult situations. Let’s look at the St. Louis Blues franchise and see what there is to be thankful for this year.

Vladimir Tarasenko’s gratitude

The Blues came into the 2021-22 season with a large dark cloud hovering over them as fan-favorite Vladimir Tarasenko was still listed on the teams’ roster after For a trade requestDuring the offseason. Analysts and fans alike were puzzled by the reports of Tarasenko, a disgruntled forward. The team wanted to start the year with a positive note, so they sought out more information.

Many people were surprised to discover that there was almost a positive influence emanating from the forward, rather than a negative. Although the star forward could have returned to St. Louis in anguish after not being offered a trade, he has been a professional about the situation. He seems to be more concerned about the logo on the jersey’s front than the nameplate back, whether he is playing his best hockey since his early years or because he is in better health.

Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis Blues) Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Tarasenko played in all 18 games this year and currently ranks fourth with 16 points. He has seven goals and nine assists, a pace of 73 points over 82 games. He has played in 110 regular season games over the last three seasons and has accumulated 92 point in that time. The forward also played in 34 playoff matches, scoring 19 points and winning one Stanley Cup. His trade request is still active. However, he is making every effort to win games for the Blues and to show leadership.

Blues fans should be grateful for positional depth

Blues players have faced a lot of hardships early in the season, regardless of whether it was COVID-19 or injury sustained during gameplay. Through 18 games, four players have missed a minimum of four games while in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol. Brayden Schenn is still not a part of the team’s forward core. He has not played a game since sustaining an upper-body injury in the first period of the teams’ matchup against the San Jose Sharks on Nov. 4. However, it hasn’t been all bad news for Blues as they welcomed Oskar Sundqvist back on Nov. 16.

Brayden Schenn St. Louis Blues
Brayden Schenn, St. Louis Blues (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers

Through the clubs’ health and injury woes, the teams’ depth has been tested. Blues have seen a variety of prospects make their way into the lineup, including Joel Hofer and Scott Perunovich, Calle Rosen, Jake Neighbours, and Dakota Joshua. All of these prospects have been able come into the lineup and not looked outof place. The Blues have shown that they don’t always need high-profile, flashy prospects to succeed. The club can and has thrived on real ‘meat and potatoes’ type prospects to come in and round out the team to help move forward. Blues fans should be grateful for this depth.

It’s Time to Be Thankful for Robert Thomas and Jordan Kyrou 

It’s not surprising that Robert Thomas and Jordan Kyrou are the main storylines for the 2021-22 Blues season. Thomas (22) and Kyrou (23) are highly-regarded, highly-drafted prospects who have made different paths to the NHL. They lead the team in scoring, with 18 and 17 respectively.

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Kyrou had played in 99 NHL games, scoring 19 goals and 47 points. He played only 33 games in his three previous seasons and was finally promoted to full-time during the 2020-21 season. He had scored 14 goals and 35 goals in 55 games of the 2020-21 season. This was a 56-point pace in 82 games. He has since taken the next step in his growth and now has eight goals as well as 10 assists in 18 games.

Jordan Kyrou St. Louis Blues
Jordan Kyrou (St. Louis Blues)Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers

Thomas signed a three-year extension during the offseason and was eager to prove that he is the Blues’ drafted player. Thomas was a part of 169 NHL games, scoring 22 goals and scoring 87 points. Thomas has had nearly four minutes more ice time per game in the absence Schenn. He also saw 20 seconds more power-play time. He has shown himself to be worthy of these additional responsibilities. Thomas is up 5.9% in his face-off win rate (51.2%) and on pace to almost double his career average point total (46 points) to a staggering 77 points.

Time to Ask for Seconds

If you’re a Blue Note fan, this year is full of things to be thankful for. Things are looking up for the franchise that has recently stumbled since winning the franchise’s first Stanley Cup during the 2018-19 season. Only time will tell what Blues general manager Doug Armstrong will choose or need to do with Tarasenko’s trade request. There are many prospects who will be making their way to the NHL and veterans that will be able to play ice hockey. St. Louis has a bright future as they strive for their second Cup. For that, fans should be thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving