Alexander Steen was certainly a source of frustration for most Blues fans throughout the 2011-2012 campaign. This frustration didn’t stem from his play on the ice, but rather his lack of play on the ice. Before sustaining a major concussion against Detroit in late December, Steener was on pace for his best season since arriving in St. Louis in 2008. The veteran Left Wing netted thirteen goals and eleven assists in the opening three months of the season. Prior to his concussion, Steen was skating on the Blues first line alongside David Backes and TJ Oshie, serving as a replacement for Andy McDonald who also suffered a concussion early in the season. Steener’s dynamic role as both a checking forward and goal scorer on the first line gave Blues fans flashbacks to the 2009-2010 season, where he scored twenty-four goals and assited on twenty-three. Unfortunately, Alex’s concussion kept him out of commission for over thirty games, thus transforming a very encouraging start into a disappointing regular season.
Steen returned to the ice for the Blues’ final seven, regular season games, contributing with two goals and two assists. He was also able to add a goal and two assists in the Blues’ first round series against San Jose.
Although his concussion kept him out of play for the majority of the season, Alex Steen was still a big part of the Blues’ success during the 2011-2012 season. In just forty-two games, Steen was able to tally fifteen goals and thirteen assists. His 11.2% conversion rate also ranked among the top forwards on the Blues’ roster, speaking to Steen’s efficiency on the ice and making his minutes count. I’m tempted to give Steener an Incomplete because of how many games he missed, but the truth is, he was a major reason why the Blues were able to right the ship after Hitchcock took over.
Final Grade: B+
Here’s one of Steener’s more memorable goals from the regular season: