Our who wore it best segment continues today by looking at the best player who has worn the number 10 for the St. Louis Blues.
During their illustrious history, the St. Louis Blues have had 26 players wear number 10. Ron Schock was the first player to wear number 10 for the Blues.
Schock spent two seasons with St. Louis, and he is best known for scoring the double OT goal in game seven against the Minnesota North Stars. That goal sent the Blues to the Stanley Cup Finals in their inaugural season.
During the ’90s the Blues had a couple of good players wear the Bluenote with number 10 on the back. They include Dave Lowry; Lowry spent five years with the Blues and played 311 games.
Esa Tikkanen had a brief cup of coffee with the Blues. He played 54 games with the Blues spread out over two years.
Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk spent one season with the Blues, first wearing number 12, but after Tikkanen left, he switched back to his familiar number 10.
The 2000s have seen the most successful players wear number 10. Former Captian Dallas Drake wore number 10 during 2001-00 and through the 2006-07 season with the Blues.
Although all these players have worn number 10, the greatest player to wear number 10 was Wayne Babych. Babych spent six years with the Blues, after being drafted in the first round third overall during the 1978 draft.
During his rookie season with the Blues, Babych would set rookie records (since broken) for goals (27), assists (36), and points (63). Babych was put on a line with a couple of other young players in Bernie Ferderko and Brian Sutter.
Not a bad line to be put on your rookie season, Babych would spend his first two seasons on a line with Ferderko and Sutter but would be moved to the second line in his third season.
The move paid off as he would set his career highs with 54 goals and 96 points. Babych would sign a new four-year contract extension during the offseason, but the extension would not pay off for the Blues.
Babych not only had a cannon of a shot, but he was also a power forward that was not afraid to drop the gloves with some of the biggest heavyweights in the league, which lead to the downfall of his career.
During the preseason after signing his new contract, he dropped the gloves with the toughest player in the league at the time; Jimmy Mann. Before the two could get going, a linesman grabbed Babych by the arm and tore his rotator cuff.
After surgery and a lengthy rehab, Babych was never the same superstar player he was before the injury. This injury would follow him for the rest of his career, and he would never put up the same numbers he had in his first three years.
During his six years with the Blues Babych would go on to score 345 points in 396 games. He would eventually be claimed in the waiver draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He would go on to play for the Quebec Nordiques and Hartford Whalers before ending his career after the 1986-87 season.