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2016–17 St. Louis Blues · NHL
Division 3rd Central
Conference 5th Western
2016–17 record 46–29–7
Home record 24–12–5
Road record 22–17–2
Goals for 235
Goals against 218
General Manager Doug Armstrong
Coach Ken Hitchcock (10/12–2/1)
Mike Yeo (Feb. 1–present)
Captain Alex Pietrangelo
Alternate captains Kevin Shattenkirk (Oct–Feb)
Paul Stastny
Alexander Steen
Vladimir Tarasenko
Arena Scottrade Center
Average attendance 19,539 7th of 30 (104.6%)[1]
Team leaders
Goals Vladimir Tarasenko (39)
Assists Vladimir Tarasenko
Jaden Schwartz (36)
Points Vladimir Tarasenko (75)
Penalties in minutes Ryan Reaves (104)
Wins Jake Allen (33)
Goals against average Carter Hutton (2.39)

The 2016–17 St. Louis Blues season was the 50th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 5, 1967.[2] The team played in its first Winter Classic game on January 2, 2017, defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 4–1 at Busch Stadium with 46,556 in attendance.[3] It was only the third time in the nine Winter Classic games where the home team won. It was the Blues' first participation in a NHL Winter Classic game, while the Blackhawks lost for the third time in three appearances in the event.

Off-seasonEdit

After associate coach Brad Shaw and assistant coach Kirk Muller decided to leave for other opportunities in late May 2016, Mike Yeo was announced on June 13, 2016, to replace coach Ken Hitchcock after his last year starting in the 2017–18 season. Yeo joined the Blues as associate coach, while Rick Wilson joined the staff as an assistant coach. Ray Bennett (assistant coach), Jim Corsi (goaltender coach) and Sean Ferrell (video coach) also returned. Yeo spent the majority of the last five seasons as the head coach of the Minnesota Wild, leading the club to a 173–132–44 record, including a 46–28–8 mark in 2014–15, which was the second-best record in Wild history. Yeo also guided the Wild to three postseason appearances, including back-to-back trips to the second round in 2014 and 2015.[4]

The Blues have signed restricted free agent Dmitrij Jaskin, and unrestricted free agents Scottie Upshall and Kyle Brodziak. Minor leaguer Jordan Caron was also signed.[5]

Steve Thomas was added as an assistant coach on June 30. He spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning.[6]

Training campEdit

Regular seasonEdit

OctoberEdit

NovemberEdit

DecemberEdit

On December 28, Robby Fabbri became just the second Blues' player to record a hat-trick before the age of 21, joining Bernie Federko.[7][8]

JanuaryEdit

On January 20, two days after his 25th birthday, the Blues recalled goalie Pheonix Copley from their minor league affiliate Chicago Wolves. He made his debut (in relief) with the Blues on February 27, 2016.[9] He will make the first start in his career in the next game (January 21) against the Winnipeg Jets. He was 11–4–2 with the Chicago Wolves this season, and ranks ninth in the AHL in goals-against average (2.32) and save-percentage (.920).[10] In the January 21 game, Copley, playing almost 59 minutes, gave up five goals on 29 shots, with the Blues losing 5–3.[11] Jake Allen did not travel with the team to Winnipeg for the game, staying home to be with his newborn daughter. He will rejoin the team on Monday, January 23, for the remaining two games of the road trip.[12] He was pulled for the fourth time in six starts after his poor showing on January 19, allowing four goals on only 10 shots against the league-leading Washington Capitals (30–9–6, 66 pts.).[13] He presently has a 2.85 GAA with a .897 Save percentage. In the 2015–16 season, he had a 2.35 GAA with a .920 save percentage.

After his one start on January 21, Copley was assigned to the Chicago Wolves on January 25.[14]

FebruaryEdit

Ken Hitchcock was relieved of his duties as head coach by GM Doug Armstrong on February 1. Mike Yeo was promoted from associate coach. He was scheduled to be head coach next season. Hitchcock served as the head coach of the Blues since November 8, 2011. Over six seasons, he led the Blues to a 248–124–41 regular season record and ranks second on the Blues' all-time regular season wins list and fourth in NHL history overall with 781 career regular season wins.[15] Hitchcock, 65, is 781–473–111 with 88 ties in 20 seasons with the Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Blues. He's fourth all-time in the NHL in coaching victories, behind Scotty Bowman (1,244), Joel Quenneville (831) and Al Arbour (782). His 1,453 games coached are fifth. He won the Stanley Cup as coach of the Stars in 1999 and made the Cup Final in 2000, losing to the New Jersey Devils in six games. His teams made the playoffs 13 times in 14 full seasons.[16] Goalie coach Jim Corsi has also been relieved of his duties. Martin Brodeur and Ty Conklin will share Goalie Coach Jim Corsi's previous duties for the rest of the year.[17]

Hitchcock is one of the best coaches in NHL history, and the Blues have been one of the best teams in the NHL under him. Since the start of the 2011–12 season, when Armstrong hired Hitchcock after 13 games, the Blues have had a .644 point percentage. Only the Pittsburgh Penguins (.656) and Chicago Blackhawks (.648) have been better. The Blues went to the Western Conference Final last season and came within two wins of their first Stanley Cup Final since 1970. But the Blues still never have won the Cup, and they have gone 9–14–1 since a 15–7–4 start. Since December 8, their point percentage is .395; only the Colorado Avalanche (.196) and Arizona Coyotes (.375) have been worse. They are clinging to the second wild card spot in the Western Conference, in danger of missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2010–11.[18]

The Blues retired Bob Plager's No. 5 uniform in a ceremony on February 2,[19] alongside his brother Barclay's No. 8, Al MacInnis' No. 2, Brett Hull's No. 16, Bernie Federko's No. 24, Bob Gassoff's No. 3, and Brian Sutter's No. 11.[20] His No. 5 is the seventh jersey to be retired by the Blues and the 123rd among the NHL's 30 teams. Bob and Barclay Plager join only one other pair of brothers to have their jerseys retired by the same team: Maurice "The Rocket" and Henri Richard of the Montreal Canadiens. He joined the club as a 21-year-old in an expansion draft trade with the New York Rangers in 1967 and became an instant fan-favorite thanks to his tenacious style of defense and his famous hip checks. He played 10 seasons in St. Louis, racking up 615 regular season games, 141 points and 762 penalty minutes.

He retired from the league after the 1977–78 season, and has since held many positions with the organization, including head coach, vice president, director of professional scouting and director of player development. Today, he works in the Blues' Community Relations department, serving as an ambassador in the community not just for the Blues, but for St. Louis, the NHL and the game of hockey in general.[21]

Mike Yeo began his tenure as the 25th head coach in franchise history on February 2. Yeo spent ten seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization and captured the 2009 Stanley Cup as an assistant. He then moved on to Minnesota, where he spent five seasons as head coach and led the Minnesota Wild to three postseason berths, including consecutive trips to the second round in 2014 and 2015.[22]

Robby Fabbri (C) was injured midway through the first period in a February 4 game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, suffering a torn ACL on his left knee. He is lost for the remainder of the regular season (30 games) and possible playoffs. He will not be able to play on the ice again until training camp for the 2017–18 season starting in September. He scored 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 points in 51 games played. The Blues recalled forwards Kenny Agostino (LW) and Magnus Paajarvi (LW) from the Chicago Wolves.[23]

Carter Hutton and Jake Allen scored back-to-back shutouts on the road on February 6–7 of the Philadelphia Flyers (2–0), and Ottawa Senators (6–0), respectively. Hutton stopped 26 shots, and Allen stopped 30. Rookie Ivan Barbashev scored his first NHL goal in the waning minutes of the third period in Ottawa.[24]

Patrik Berglund (C) scored the first "hat trick" of his career in a 4-2 win (February 11) over the Montreal Canadiens for their fourth consecutive win for the Blues in a tough five-game road trip, pushing them into the top three in the Central Division's guarantee of a playoff spot with 63 points, three points ahead of the next two teams. David Perron (LW) scored the other goal, and had an assist. Jake Allen made 28 saves on 30 shots. Coach Mike Yeo is 5-1-0 since replacing Ken Hitchcock on February 1.[25]

Jake Allen (G) was named Second Star of the Week on February 13, for the week of February 6-12. Allen, went 3-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average, a .967 save percentage and his 13th career shutout against the Ottawa Senators (February 7). His two other wins were against the Toronto Maple Leafs (2-1 OT, 31 saves, February 9), and Montreal Canadiens (February 11).[26]

On February 17, the Blues activated Kyle Brodziak (C) two weeks ahead of schedule. He suffered a right foot injury on January 24, against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and was placed on injured reserve two days later. He was expected to miss five weeks, but missed three weeks and 10 games. Wade Megan (C) was reassigned to the Chicago Wolves.[27]

Paul Stastny (C) returned to the lineup on February 20, after missing four games with a lower-body injury against the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 9.[28]

MarchEdit

The Blues clinched a playoff spot on March 31, in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. The Blues (42-28-7) needed one point to qualify for their sixth consecutive trip to the postseason and 41st in their 50-year history. They had a 6-0-2 record in their past eight games to clinch the playoffs. They have a two-point lead over the Nashville Predators for third place in the Central Division. Each has five games remaining.[29] This will mark the Blues' seventh playoff appearance in the last 12 seasons. The club previously reached the playoffs in 25 consecutive years between 1979 and 2004. They joined the Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers as the only teams to have reached the playoffs in each of the last six seasons.[30]

AprilEdit

On April 8, the Blues clinched third place in the Central Division with a 5-4 shootout win over the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh. The Blues (46-29-7; 99 pts., 235-218 GF-GA) will play the second-place Minnesota Wild (49-25-8; 106 pts., 266-208 GF-GA) in the Western Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The playoffs begin on Wednesday, April 12 with the first two games in St. Paul.[31]

Game 1 (Apr. 12) went to the Blues in a remarkable 51-save effort by goalie Jake Allen. The 51-saves were the fourth-most ever by a Blues goaltender in a playoff game, helping the Blues to a dramatic 2-1 overtime victory against Minnesota. Only Curtis Joseph (61 saves and 57 saves), and Ed Staniowski (54 saves) have posted more. Defenseman Joel Edmundson scored the winner in overtime.[32] Recently acquired (C) Vladimir Sobotka gave the Blues a 1-0 lead at 6:21 of the second period. Sobotka played in his first playoff game with the Blues since 2014, after spending the three seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League. Zach Parise of the Wild ended Allen's 1-0 shutout bid when he scored with 22 seconds remaining in the third period, forcing the overtime frame. Edmundson scored the winner at 17:48 of the overtime.[33]

Paul Stastny (C) was activated before the fifth game on April 22, after missing 14 games; 10 in the regular season and the first 4 in the playoffs against the Wild. He scored the Blues' third goal in the third period, giving the team a 3-1 lead. Magnus Paajarvi (LW) wins the series with an overtime goal at 9:42. Jake Allen saves 34 of 37 shots in the 4-3 win. The Blues now play the Nashville Predators (41-29-12; 94 pts., 240-224 GF-GA), who swept the Chicago Blackhawks.[34]

On April 23, the Blues assigned Jordan Schmaltz (D) to the Chicago Wolves, and recalled prospect Thomas Vannelli (D), 22, who was acquired in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft #47 in round 2.[35][36]

StandingsEdit

Divisional standingsEdit

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Conference standingsEdit

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Schedule and resultsEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

2016–17 Game Log[38]

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

PlayoffsEdit

2017 Stanley Cup playoffs

Legend:       Win       Loss

Player statisticsEdit

Statistics

SkatersEdit

Final as of April 9, 2017

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Blues. Stats reflect time with the Blues only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Blues only.

Regular season[39]
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Tarasenko, VladimirVladimir Tarasenko 82 39 36 75 −1 12
Schwartz, JadenJaden Schwartz 78 19 36 55 14 18
Steen, AlexanderAlexander Steen 76 16 35 51 −2 53
Pietrangelo, AlexAlex Pietrangelo 80 14 34 48 3 24
Perron, DavidDavid Perron 82 18 28 46 −2 54
Shattenkirk, KevinKevin Shattenkirk

( -2/27) || 61 || 11 || 31 || 42 || −11 || 37

Stastny, PaulPaul Stastny 66 18 22 40 4 36
Parayko, ColtonColton Parayko 81 4 31 35 7 32
Berglund, PatrikPatrik Berglund 82 23 11 34 −7 32
Fabbri, RobbyRobby Fabbri
( -2/4) || 51 || 11 || 18 || 29 || −16 || 27 
Lehtera, JoriJori Lehtera 63 7 14 21 −6 34
Upshall, ScottieScottie Upshall 73 10 8 18 −1 45
Brodziak, KyleKyle Brodziak 69 8 7 15 2 27
Edmundson, JoelJoel Edmundson 69 3 12 15 11 60
Bouwmeester, JayJay Bouwmeester 81 1 14 15 6 28
Paajarvi, MagnusMagnus Paajarvi 32 8 5 13 9 6
Reaves, RyanRyan Reaves 80 7 6 13 4 104
Barbashev, IvanIvan Barbashev 30 5 7 12 5 2
Jaskin, DmitrijDmitrij Jaskin 51 1 10 11 5 18
Yakupov, NailNail Yakupov 40 3 6 9 −3 14
Gunnarsson, CarlCarl Gunnarsson 56 0 6 6 −5 4
Sanford, ZachZach Sanford 13 2 3 5 2 4
Hunt, BradBrad Hunt

( -1/16) || 9 || 1 || 4 || 5 || −2 || 2

Bortuzzo, RobertRobert Bortuzzo 38 1 3 4 11 15
Agostino, KennyKenny Agostino 7 1 2 3 0 2
Schmaltz, JordanJordan Schmaltz 9 0 2 2 0 4
Megan, WadeWade Megan 3 1 0 1 1 0
Sobotka, VladimirVladimir Sobotka
(4/9- ) || 1 || 1 || 0 || 1 || 0 || 0
Lindbohm, PetteriPetteri Lindbohm 5 0 0 0 −3 4
Rattie, TyTy Rattie

( -1/4) || 4 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0

GoaltendersEdit

Final game on April 9, 2017 [40]

Regular season
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Allen, JakeJake Allen 61 60 3,418:19 33 20 5 138 2.42 1,620 .915 4 0 1 4
Hutton, CarterCarter Hutton 30 21 1,459:03 13 8 2   58 2.39    663 .913 4 0 1 4
Copley, PheonixPheonix Copley

( -2/27) ||   1 ||   1 ||      58:56 || 0 || 1 || 0 ||     5 || 5.08 ||     29 || .828 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Blues. Stats reflect time with the Blues only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Team only.

PlayoffsEdit

Final game on May 7[41]

Playoffs
Player GP GS TOI W L GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Allen, JakeJake Allen 11 11    674:56 6 5  22 1.96  336 .935 0 0 0 0
Hutton, CarterCarter Hutton 0 0    00:00 0 0  0 0.00   0 .000 0 0 0 0

RosterEdit

Script error Final roster on May 7, 2017.[42]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
34 Flag of Canada.svg Allen, JakeJake Allen G L 26 2008 Fredericton, New Brunswick
21 Flag of Sweden Berglund, PatrikPatrik Berglund C L 28 2006 Västerås, Sweden
41 Flag of Canada.svg Bortuzzo, RobertRobert Bortuzzo D R 28 2015 Thunder Bay, Ontario
19 Flag of Canada.svg Bouwmeester, JayJay Bouwmeester D L 33 2013 Edmonton, Alberta
28 Flag of Canada.svg Brodziak, KyleKyle Brodziak C R 32 2015 St. Paul, Alberta
6 Flag of Canada.svg Edmundson, JoelJoel Edmundson D L 23 2011 Brandon, Manitoba
15 Flag of Canada.svg Fabbri, RobbyRobby Fabbri C L 21 2014 Mississauga, Ontario
4 Flag of Sweden Gunnarsson, CarlCarl Gunnarsson D L 30 2014 Örebro, Sweden
40 Flag of Canada.svg Hutton, CarterCarter Hutton G L 31 2016 Thunder Bay, Ontario
23 Flag of the Czech Republic Jaskin, DmitrijDmitrij Jaskin RW L 24 2011 Omsk, Russia
12 Flag of Finland Lehtera, JoriJori Lehtera C L 29 2008 Lempäälä, Finland
56 Flag of Sweden Paajarvi, MagnusMagnus Paajarvi LW L 26 2013 Norrköping, Sweden
55 Flag of Canada.svg Parayko, ColtonColton Parayko D R 23 2012 St. Albert, Alberta
57 Flag of Canada.svg Perron, DavidDavid Perron LW R 28 2016 Sherbrooke, Quebec
27 Flag of Canada.svg Pietrangelo, AlexAlex Pietrangelo

 (A)

D R 27 2008 King City, Ontario
75 Flag of Canada.svg Reaves, RyanRyan Reaves RW R 30 2005 Winnipeg, Manitoba
17 Flag of Canada.svg Schwartz, JadenJaden Schwartz LW L 24 2010 Melfort, Saskatchewan
71 Flag of the Czech Republic Sobotka, VladimirVladimir Sobotka C L 29 2017 Třebíč, Czech Republic
26 Flag of the United States Stastny, PaulPaul Stastny C L 31 2014 Quebec City, Quebec
20 Flag of Sweden Steen, AlexanderAlexander Steen

 (A)

LW L 33 2008 Winnipeg, Manitoba
91 Flag of Russia Tarasenko, VladimirVladimir Tarasenko RW L 25 2010 Yaroslavl, Soviet Union
10 Flag of Canada.svg Upshall, ScottieScottie Upshall RW L 33 2015 Fort McMurray, Alberta
64 Flag of Russia Yakupov, NailNail Yakupov RW L 23 2016 Nizhnekamsk, Russia

Awards and MilestonesEdit

AwardsEdit

Regular Season
Player Award Awarded
Tarasenko, V.V. Tarasenko NHL All-Star game (1st Blue to appear in 3 consecutive games since Chris Pronger in 2000–2002)[43] January 10, 2017
Plager, B.B. Plager #5 Jersey retirement ceremony
(7th Blue to have jersey retired)[44][21][20][19]
February 2, 2017
Allen, J.J. Allen NHL Second Star of the Week[26] February 13, 2017

Milestones Edit

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Fabbri, R.R. Fabbri 1st NHL hat-trick[7] December 28, 2016
Pietrangelo, A.A. Pietrangelo 500th NHL game[45] January 12, 2017
Copley, P.P. Copley 1st NHL start in goal[46] January 21, 2017
Barbashev, I.I. Barbashev 1st NHL game[47] January 26, 2017
Barbashev, I.I. Barbashev 1st NHL goal[24] February 7, 2017
Berglund, P.P. Berglund 1st NHL hat-trick[25] February 11, 2017
Steen, A.A. Steen 800th NHL game[48] February 20, 2017
Reaves, R.R. Reaves 400th NHL game[49] March 3, 2017
Schmaltz, J.J. Schmaltz 1st NHL game[50] March 5, 2017
Schmaltz, J.J. Schmaltz 1st NHL point[29] March 31, 2017

Detailed recordsEdit

Western Conference
Central Division
Opponent Home Away Total Pts. Goals scored Goals allowed
Chicago Blackhawks 1–1–1 1–0–0 2–1–1 5 14 11
Colorado Avalanche 1–0–0 0–0–0 1–0–0 2 5 1
Dallas Stars 3–0–0 0–1–0 3–1–0 6 13 14
Minnesota Wild 2–0–0 0–1–0 2–1–0 4 8 8
Nashville Predators 1–1–0 0–2–0 1–3–0 2 7 14
Winnipeg Jets 0–0–1 0–0–0 0–0–1 1 2 2
Total 8–2–2 1–4–0 9–6–2 20 49 50
Pacific Division
Opponent Home Away Total Pts. Goals scored Goals allowed
Anaheim Ducks 0–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0 2 2 1
Arizona Coyotes 0–0–0 0–0–0 0–0–0 0 0 0
Calgary Flames 0–1–0 1–0–0 1–1–0 2 7 8
Edmonton Oilers 0–1–1 0–0–0 0–1–1 1 3 5
Los Angeles Kings 1–0–0 0–0–0 1–0–0 2 1 0
San Jose Sharks 1–0–0 0–0–0 1–0–0 2 3 2
Vancouver Canucks 1–0–0 0–0–1 0–0–1 1 5 5
Total 3–2–1 3–0–1 5–2–2 12 21 21

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
Opponent Home Away Total Pts. Goals scored Goals allowed
Boston Bruins 0–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0 2 4 2
Buffalo Sabres 1–0–0 0–0–0 1–0–0 2 4 1
Detroit Red Wings 0–0–1 0–0–0 0–0–1 1 1 1
Florida Panthers 0–0–0 0–0–0 0–0–0 0 0 0
Montreal Canadiens 1–0–0 1–0–0 2–0–0 4 7 4
Ottawa Senators 0–1–0 1–0–0 1–1–0 2 10 4
Tampa Bay Lightning 1–0–0 0–1–0 1–1–0 2 7 9
Toronto Maple Leafs 1–0–0 1–0–0 2–0–0 4 7 2
Total 3–0–1 1–1–0 4–1–1 9 19 15
Metropolitan Division
Opponent Home Away Total Pts. Goals scored Goals allowed
Carolina Hurricanes 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–1–0 0 2 4
Columbus Blue Jackets 1–0–0 0–1–0 1–1–0 2 6 9
New Jersey Devils 1–0–0 1–0–0 2–0–0 4 9 3
New York Islanders 0–0–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0 2 3
New York Rangers 1–0–0 0–1–0 1–1–0 2 3 7
Philadelphia Flyers 1–0–0 0–0–0 1–0–0 2 6 3
Pittsburgh Penguins 0–0–0 0–0–0 0–0–0 0 0 0
Washington Capitals 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–2–0 0 6 11
Total 4–2–0 1–4–0 5–6–0 10 34 40

TransactionsEdit

The Blues has been involved in the following transactions:

TradesEdit

Date
Details
Ref
June 24, 2016 (2016-06-24) To Calgary Flames
Brian Elliott
To St. Louis Blues
2nd-round pick in 2016
Conditional 3rd-round pick in 2018
[51]
June 24, 2016 (2016-06-24) To Washington Capitals
1st-round pick in 2016
WSH's 3rd-round pick in 2016
To St. Louis Blues
1st-round pick in 2016
[52]
June 25, 2016 (2016-06-25) To Chicago Blackhawks
5th-round pick in 2017
To St. Louis Blues
Florida Panthers's 5th-round pick in 2016
[53]
July 2, 2016 (2016-07-02) To Buffalo Sabres
Anders Nilsson
To St. Louis Blues
5th-round pick in 2017
[54]
October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07) To Edmonton Oilers
Zach Pochiro
Conditional 3rd-round pick in 2017
To St. Louis Blues
Nail Yakupov
[55]
November 19, 2016 (2016-11-19) To Pittsburgh Penguins
Danny Kristo
To St. Louis Blues
Reid McNeill
[56]
February 27, 2017 (2017-02-27) To Washington Capitals
Kevin Shattenkirk
Pheonix Copley
To St. Louis Blues
Zach Sanford
Brad Malone
1st-round pick in 2017
Conditional 2nd-round pick in 2019
[57]

Free agents acquiredEdit

Date Player Former team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2016 (2016-07-01) Carter Hutton (G) Nashville Predators 2 years, $2.25 million [58]
July 1, 2016 (2016-07-01) David Perron (LW) Anaheim Ducks 2 years, $7.5 million [59]
July 2, 2016 (2016-07-02) Brad Hunt (D) Edmonton Oilers 1 year, $600,000 [60]
July 2, 2016 (2016-07-02) Andrew Agozzino (LW) Colorado Avalanche 1 year, $600,000 [60]
July 2, 2016 (2016-07-02) Wade Megan (C) Portland Pirates 1 year, $575,000 [60]
July 2, 2016 (2016-07-02) Morgan Ellis (D) St. John's IceCaps 1 year, $575,000 [60]
July 2, 2016 (2016-07-02) Alex Friesen (C) Utica Comets 1 year, $575,000 [60]
July 2, 2016 (2016-07-02) Kenny Agostino (LW) Stockton Heat 1 year, $625,000 [60]
July 9, 2016 (2016-07-09) Landon Ferraro (C) Boston Bruins 1 year, $700,000 [61]

Free agents lostEdit

Date Player New team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2016 (2016-07-01) David Backes (C) Boston Bruins 5 years, $30 mil. [62]
July 1, 2016 (2016-07-01) Troy Brouwer (RW) Calgary Flames 4 years, $18 mil. [63]
July 1, 2016 (2016-07-01) Steve Ott (C) Detroit Red Wings 1 year, $800,000 [64]

Claimed via waiversEdit

Player Former Team Date Claimed Ref
Ty Rattie Carolina Hurricanes February 19, 2017 [65]

Lost via waiversEdit

Player New Team Date Lost Ref
Ty Rattie Carolina Hurricanes January 4, 2017 [66]
Brad Hunt Nashville Predators January 17, 2017 [67]

Lost via retirementEdit

Date Player Ref

Player signingsEdit

Date Player Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
June 16, 2016 (2016-06-16) Dmitrij Jaskin (RW) 2 years, $2 million [68]
June 22, 2016 (2016-06-22) Scottie Upshall (RW) 1 year, $900,000 [69]
June 27, 2016 (2016-06-27) Kyle Brodziak (C) 2 years, $1.9 mil. [70]
June 28, 2016 (2016-06-28) Jordan Caron (RW) 1 year, $575,000 [71]
July 1, 2016 (2016-07-01) Jake Allen (G) 4 years, $17.4 mil. [72]
July 2, 2016 (2016-07-02) Chris Butler (D) 1 year, $600,000 [60]
July 2, 2016 (2016-07-02) Conner Bleackley (C) 3 years, entry-level contract [60]
July 2, 2016 (2016-07-02) Jacob Doty (C) 1 year, $575,000 [60]
July 5, 2016 (2016-07-05) Magnus Paajarvi (LW) 1 year, $700,000 [73]
July 13, 2016 (2016-07-13) Ty Rattie (RW) 1 year, $650,000 [74]
July 15, 2016 (2016-07-15) Jordan Binnington (G) 1 year, $600,000 [75]
July 15, 2016 (2016-07-15) Pheonix Copley (G) 1 year, $708,750 [76]
July 15, 2016 (2016-07-15) Jaden Schwartz (LW) 5 years, $26.75 million [77]
July 27, 2016 (2016-07-27) Jordan Kyrou (F) 3 years, $2.775 million entry-level contract [78]
August 2, 2016 (2016-08-02) Danny Kristo (RW) 1 year, $575,000 [79]
September 23, 2016 (2016-09-23) Alexander Steen (LW) 4 years, $23 million contract extension [80]
December 29, 2016 (2016-12-29) Robert Bortuzzo (D) 2 years, contract extension [81]
February 24, 2017 (2017-02-24) Patrik Berglund (C) 5 years, $19.25 million contract extension [82]
March 7, 2017 (2017-03-07) Tage Thompson (C) 3 years, entry-level contract [83]
March 26, 2017 (2017-03-26) Evan Fitzpatrick (G) 3 years, entry-level contract [84]
March 28, 2017 (2017-03-28) Jake Walman (D) 3 years, entry-level contract [85]
April 6, 2017 (2017-04-06) Vladimir Sobotka (C) 3 years, $10.5 million contract extension (starting with the 2017–18 season; $2.725 million, pro-rated for 2016-17 season) [86] [87]

Draft picksEdit

See also: List of St. Louis Blues draft picks

Below are the St. Louis Blues' selections at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, to be held on June 24–25, 2016 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo.[88]

Round Pick Player, Age Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League) Ref.
1 26 Tage Thompson, 18 C Flag of the United States.png United States University of Connecticut Huskies (Hockey East) [89][90]
2 35[a] Jordan Kyrou, 18 RW Flag of Canada.svg Canada Sarnia Sting (OHL) [91]
2 59 Evan Fitzpatrick, 18 G Flag of Canada.svg Canada Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL) [92]
4 119 Tanner Kaspick, 18 C Flag of Canada.svg Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) [93]
5 125[b] Nolan Stevens, 19 C Flag of Canada.svg Canada Northeastern University (Hockey East) [94]
5 144[c] Conner Bleackley, 20 C Flag of Canada.svg Canada Red Deer Rebels (WHL) [95]
7 209 Nikolaj Krag Christensen, 17 LW / C Flag of Denmark Denmark Rodovre (Metal Ligaen) [96]
7 211[d] Filip Helt, 18 LW Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Litvinov Jr., (CZREP-JR) [97]

"NHL Draft Picks Tracker: First-round analysis from First Niagara Center in Buffalo"

26. St. Louis Blues (from Washington Capitals) - Tage Thompson, C, Connecticut (H-EAST) NHL Central Scouting final North American ranking: 20

2015-16: 36 games, 14-18-32

"A right-handed power forward, Thompson began the season on the fourth line but soon was playing top line minutes. He has a great shot and led the NCAA with 13 power-play goals. Thompson (6-5, 195) is tough to knock off the puck, and good at protecting it and taking it to the net.

NHL.com quick hit: The Blues needed a big, strong center and Thompson, at 6-foot-5 and 195 pounds, has a giant frame that can get even bigger. With David Backes' future in St. Louis uncertain and Paul Stastny turning 31 next season, the time was right for the Blues to start to search for a future No. 1 center."[98]

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Draft notes[99]
  • The Washington Capitals' first-round pick went to the St. Louis Blues as the result of a trade on June 24, 2016 that sent a first-round pick and Washington's third-round pick both in 2016 (28th and 87th overall) to Washington, in exchange for this pick.[100]
  • The St. Louis Blues' first-round pick went to the Washington Capitals as the result of a trade on June 24, 2016 that sent a first-round pick in 2016 (26th overall) to St. Louis, in exchange for Washington's third-round pick in 2016 (87th overall), and this pick.[100]
  • a  The Calgary Flames' second-round pick went to the St. Louis Blues as the result of a trade on June 24, 2016 that sent Brian Elliott to Calgary, in exchange for a third-round pick in 2018, and this pick.[101]
  • The Washington Capitals' third-round pick was re-acquired as the result of a trade on June 24, 2016 that sent a first-round pick in 2016 (26th overall) to St. Louis, in exchange for a first-round pick in 2016 (28th overall), and this pick.[100]
St. Louis previously acquired this pick as the result of a trade on July 2, 2015 that sent T.J. Oshie to Washington, in exchange for Troy Brouwer, Pheonix Copley, and this pick.[102]

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