The following series will come to you between one and three times per week over the duration of the offseason. Yer Blues, title borrowed from The Beatles song off The White Album, will feature each Blues player from the 2010-2011 season, including those traded. Yer Blues will feature players’ stats from the season, their position, any past teams played for and basic general information about the player as well as any interesting bits of information and current news.
21 / Patrik Berglund – Center – Shoots: Left
Born: June 2, 1988 – Birthplace: Vasteras, Sweden
Patrik Berglund is no stranger to the attention and can many times be found putting it on himself. When not on the ice putting on the offensive pressure, Patrik Berglund can often be found joking around with various media types, stealing microphones out of reporters hands and interviewing buddies like TJ Oshie or Vladimir Sobotka and creating his own radio or television “shows”. Though, what he’s best known for is being a goal-producing menace, a one time “kid” on St. Louis’ most impressive, young line alongside TJ Oshie and David Perron. Many fans were screaming for Berglund’s head and felt he was on the chopping block in 2009-10 and also in 2010-11 for being a let down, not scoring as many goals as his 2008-09 season when he was lighting the lamp with ferocity. There was a time before “The Kid Line” for Berglund though.
Berglund split time in his 2005-2006 season between the Swedish Junior League (27 games) and Swedish Division 1 League (21 games) with Vasteras and scored 20 goals in between the two in that first professional season. The same year, Berglund played for Sweden in the U-18 World Championships and notched 5 points in 6 games. Berglund continued with the Vasteras Div. 1 team in 20006-07 and 2007-08 and had impressive seasons, each with 35+ goals and 40+ points overall for both seasons. Berglund was also a major factor for his country, as Sweden took 2nd place in the IIHF World Juniors Championship. Ending the WJC with 3 goals and 4 assists, Berglund was also named a member of the WJC “All-Star” Team alongside fellow Swede Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning).
As the St. Louis Blues first round draft selection, 25th overall in 2006, there were large expectations and finally in 2008 Berglund set out to prove that he was a great choice for the club. In 2008-09, Blues fans caught their first sight of the Swede as he came out of the gates blazing. Berglund put 21 goals between the pipes and assisted in 26, ending his first NHL season with a +19 rating. 2009-10, however, Berglund suffered a type of sophomore slump with his 26 point season, split evenly, with a -5 rating. Many considered him to be a risk and put him under fire, pointing their fingers when the trade window opened. Blues management thought otherwise, though and Berglund was here to stay.
This season Berglund doubled his point total from 2009-10 from 26 to 52. In a season fraught with injuries and players missing multiple games, Berglund was one game shy away from having an unblemished attendance all season, but still managed to impress with his 22 goals and 30 assists. Berglund also has a slick way of making those goals. Berglund has been a magnificent Blue and no matter what side of the microphone he’s on will continue to make Blues fans everywhere happy. It was announced today, April 27, that Berglund would represent Sweden in the 2011 World Championship in Slovakia.