Apr 7, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; St. Louis Blues center Patrik Berglund (21) warms up before the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Blues defeated the Stars 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Player Recap: Patrik Berglund

The Blues got a lot of production out of Berglund, who outperformed both expectations and a rookie contract in his third season in St. Louis. Berglund, who was primarily the third line center, was a tied for third on the team in goals with 19, and sixth on the team in assists with 19. But, his most important contribution over the regular season was his reliability on a Blues’ penalty kill that ranked 7th in the NHL, and even registered two short-handed goals.

Both an under appreciated and undervalued member of the Blues, Patrik Berglund exemplified the Hitckcock style, always remaining physical and giving 100% effort. He was one of only two Blues (David Backes) to play in all 82 regular season games. Berglund also contributed throughout the Blues’ 9 playoff games, ranking 2nd in both goals (4) and points (7).

Berglund consistently impressed Blues’ fans over the long season, and is clearly developing into a pillar stone for this up and coming franchise.  The young forward definitely needs to be re-signed long term, as he is a restricted free agent after the 2012-2013 season.

Overall Grade: A- 

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