April 19, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; St. Louis Blues center Andy McDonald (10) skates with the puck against the San Jose Sharks during the second period in game four of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE
Every team in the NHL has injuries to key players, but the 2011-2012 St. Louis Blues seemed to have beyond their share. The Blues lost 148 games due to injuries from just four players who if healthy should play a big role for the 2012-2013 season.
First is Andy McDonald who missed 57 games last season. Andy scored 10 goals and added 12 assists in his limited time on the ice. Anyone who watched the Blues with a healthy McDonald could see the difference he makes for the team. McDonald has speed and the ability to create scoring chances for other players. If McDonald can play even 70 games in the 2012-2013 season I could easily see him racking up 60 points before season’s end.
Winger Alex Steen also missed a significant amount of time from both a concussion and groin pull, totaling 39 games last season. Alex scored 15 goals and added 13 assists in his limited action. With a very fast start for Steen this past season it would be great to see him stay on the ice. Steen was able to become a solid replacement on the Blues first line when McDonald went out with his concussion. . Steen basically missed half the season so I could see his point total be somewhere around 55 points in 2012-2013.
Matt D’Agostini missed 27 games due to injury and only scored 9 goals to go along with 9 assists. Matt also missed considerable time due to a concussion. D’Agostini’s play in the 2010-2011 season earned him a 2 year $3.3 million dollar contract. D’Agostini, partly due to injuries, was not able to keep the momentum from the 2010-2011 season going. If D’Agostini can even return to 2010 form the Blues could be looking at a player able to score at least 20 goals and add 25 assists.
Finally, David Perron who, ironically, also missed time due to a concussion. David missed 25 games last season, but was able to put in 21 goals and added 21 assists. Perron was projected as a possible 40 goal scorer before the hit by Joe Thornton in 2010. Perron does have a lot to prove now after inking a 4-year, nearly $16 million dollar contract with the Blues. If Perron can stay healthy in the 2012-2013 season it would be a huge step for both the team and Perron himself. A healthy Perron could mean a potential 70-80 point player for the Blues, and a constant threat on the powerplay.
Topics:Alex Steen, Andy McDonald, David Perron, Matt D'Agostini, NHL, St. Louis Blues