The 2010 decade brought many positive things but not disappointment. It brought fortune, fame, and the first Stanley Cup to the St. Louis Blues. The club’s record was 445-251-79 at the end of the decade, making it the fourth-best in NHL over that time period, just behind the Washington Capitals and the Boston Bruins. From the start of the 2010-11 season, through the crowning of the Tampa Bay Lightning as Stanley Cup champions to conclude the 2019-20 season, the Blues were ranked as one of hockey’s juggernauts.
Many people were key to the team’s success. Players like Jake Allen who appeared in 289 games over seven seasons, logging over 16,000 minutes of ice-time, and who became the teams’ leader in games started as a goaltender with 271. David Backes was the captain and led the team’s transformation from a middle-ofthe-pack team to a contending one. Under his leadership, the team showed each year that heavy, gritty hockey could still be successful, and eventually led to some the most memorable moments in recent history.
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There are many reasons to consider them among the top Blues players of the 2010s. This list is a close look at the players and distinguishes the best. Let’s take a look at who the top five are of the generation.
The Blues’ journeyman netminder, who played 181 games in five seasons between 2011 and 2016, finished with a record score of 104–46-16. His 9,958 minutes in ice rank as the second-highest time spent on the ice by any Blues goaltender over the last decade. Elliott’s five seasons with the Blues saw 108 quality starts, a.925 save percent, 2.01 goals against average and a league-leading 25 shutouts. There was nothing more Elliott could have done for the team than winning a Stanley Cup.
Elliott, 36 years old, has been a part of six teams in the NHL (currently the Tampa Bay Lightning), but none have been more successful than his time playing with the Blues. Jaroslav Halak and Elliott were both awarded the Williams M. Jennings Trophy for 2011-12. This trophy is given to the goaltender who has allowed the most goals against. The success of two-time All Star, Jaroslav Halak was the key to the Blues’ remarkable turnaround in the 2010s.
Thomas Steen, the son of an NHLer, was drafted 24th to the Toronto Maple Leafs as a draft pick in 2002. He played in 253 games over four seasons for the club before being traded to St. Louis in November 2008. Alexander Steen spent 12 seasons in St. Louis, before he retired. Between 2010-2020, he was the Blues’ second-highest point producer with 165 goals. He also scored 425 points in 636 games. He was available in all situations. He was on the ice for 11902 minutes and scored 31 game-winning goals. He played 1,018 regular season games and 91 playoff matches before his retirement. His current ranking of fifth in franchise history for Blues is his 496 points.
Steen’s awards and accolades may not rank highly among the NHL, but he won the hearts of many in St. Louis. He was a shining example of determination and skill, which you couldn’t help admiring. His departure from the NHL was not ideal. A back injury during the 2019-20 season, citing multiple levels of degenerative herniated discs of the lumbar spine. Undeserved ending for a player that has done everything to be the best.
Jordan Binnington, prior to his Stanley Cup-winning season with the Blues was a player who was not on the radar. He was also nowhere near earning NHL time. His December 2018 call-up to join the Blues came at a time when they were not only last in the league, but also had an altercation during practice. It would be obvious that this call-up would lead to one of the greatest championship-winning seasons sports history. His confidence and strength are his. brought a sense of calm and swagger to the team that ultimately helped lead the Blues to a Stanley Cup for the first time in team history. Binnington is the best goalie in the decade.
The 28-year old played in 83 games over three seasons with a record of 54-18-8. He was not only one of the Blues’ goaltenders to win the Stanley Cup, but also one the best in the NHL. The following chart shows key statistics for Binnington in the 2018-19 season and 2019-20 season.
|Category||Binnington Stats||NHL Rank|
|You can save a percentage||.917||9th|
|Goals Against Average||2.30||3rd|
|Goals saved above average||16.9||10th|
|Quality Start Percentage||.600||7th|
Binnington has signed a six year extension to his contract worth $36million and will continue his career with Blues. His 83 wins currently tie Halak for seventh place in Blues wins and just 21 behind Elliott’s number five spot at 104. The netminder still has 68 wins, so he should have enough rope to claim the all-time wins record in St. Louis.
Vladimir Tarasenko, a forward for the St. Louis Blues, was as impactful and dynamic as any other forward between 2010-2020. In the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the Russian sniper was 16th overall. He made his way to St. Louis for the 2012-13 season. He scored eight goals and 19 point through 39 regular-season and playoff games. Through 581 games, he has recorded 247 goals, 477 points, and the highest total score by any Blues forward.
Tarasenko, during his tenure with the organization, has been named an All-Star three different times (2014-15-15, 2015-16, 2016-17). Named to the second NHL All-Star Team for both 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons respectively, Tarasenko was ranked amongst top 10 NHL points for ten consecutive seasons. His 232 goals rank him fifth in Blues history. His 476 points are just 17 points behind Pavol Demitra and 20 points behind Steen, for fifth all time.
The Blues’ top player of 2010s is Alex Pietrangelo, the only and first captain to win the Stanley Cup in St. Louis. Alex Pietrangelo was a regular and playoff player for the Blues, scoring 116 goals, and 491 point during the decade.
Pietrangelo’s rankings in Blues history rank him fifth in games (775) and third in assists (341). He is also 10th in total point (450), eighth In Offensive Point Shares (37.7), first in Defensive Point shares (48.7). Although his departure from St. Louis was not on the best terms for him, he will be remembered as one of the greatest defensemen in Blues history and one of the most important players in team history.
Mike has been a St. Louis Blues fan since childhood. His father passed his love for the game to him and he hasn’t looked back. Mike started his personal blog about hockey in 2016 and has been enjoying sharing his love of the game with anyone who is interested. Over a decade of fantasy sports championship victories and the less fun losing and rebuilding season in dynasty teams has been a highlight. Mike is a longtime fan and follower of not only the Blues, but of the Central or “Norris” division as a whole.