The St. Louis Blues players have reached quite a few personal milestones in 2018-19. While it went by quietly, Alexander Steen’s might be the biggest.
The St. Louis Blues might not be the most historic franchise in the NHL, but they have been around long enough to have some big moments. It received little to no fanfare, but Alexander Steen hit a momentous personal milestone that might not be achieved by anyone else for a long time.
For those of you who did not stay tuned for the post game show following the Blues win over Detroit, you might not be aware. Steen’s three assists put him over 600 points (601).
Now, on the surface, 600 is not that big a deal. It does not even put you in the top 250 scorers of all time. However, it does put him in a rare club.
Steen and his father, Thomas Steen, both scored over 600 points in their career. With that, they join the Hull, Howe and Stastny families as the only father/son combos to score 600 or more points.
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Any time you can get your name mentioned with three of the best hockey families of all time, you are putting yourself in rarefied air.
This is a good time for this milestone to come. Steen has been in decline in 2018-19, so much so that he has been placed on the team’s fourth line.
Personally, I have been wanting him placed further down the lineup as he has been in decline for awhile. It seemed as though that would not happen due to his perceived leadership abilities and he was clinging to this idea that he is stellar defensively.
We can argue all that until we are blue in the face. Steen is quite divisive among the fans, stirring huge devotion among those that support him and just as much on the opposite.
It cannot be argued that him playing well is a benefit for this current team, though. Regardless what line he plays on, the team needs all 12 forwards clicking on all cylinders, so if he can fit in and produce in the second-six, this team has that much more chance to win.
Circling back to the big nature of this, it actually is big news. Steen and Stastny might not be as big as Hull and Howe, but it shows the quality of both of them.
The Stastny family comes in third with a current total of 1922 points, but that will change as Paul Stastny keeps playing. The Steen’s round out that foursome with 1418 points as of right now.
So, the Steen combo might not move much higher nor finish any higher than fourth, but it is still impressive. Nobody else is likely to join that group for awhile, if ever.
Maybe the Tkachuk family will join them. They do have two Tkachuk kids in the NHL right now, with Keith Tkachuk coming in with 1065 points by himself.
For now, this is something we should celebrate. We will not see this kind of milestone again for a long time and it happened in a Blues sweater. There is not much more we could ask for.