St. Louis Blues Top 10 Players of the 2010 Decade

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Vladimir Tarasenko #91 of the St. Louis Blues moves the puck up ice against Jordan Weal #43 of the Montreal Canadiens at Enterprise Center on October 19, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Vladimir Tarasenko #91 of the St. Louis Blues moves the puck up ice against Jordan Weal #43 of the Montreal Canadiens at Enterprise Center on October 19, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /
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Colton Parayko

Colton Parayko is a pretty fresh face to this list.  He only played for the Blues during four, out of his five, seasons during what we are classifying as this decade.

Nevertheless, the guy forced his way into the lineup and never looked back.

When Parayko and Joel Edmundson came to training camp in the summer of 2015, little was known about them.  Perhaps even less was expected of them.

Parayko was drafted three years prior and in the third round.  So, it was not as though fans were forming petitions to have Parayko on the roster.

He and Edmundson won jobs in training camp and the exhibition games and never gave them up.  The prevailing thought was the Blues would ride them until they made mistakes and go back to more established names.

Parayko never gave them that opportunity.  All he did his rookie season was score nine goals, three of which were on the power play, and 33 points.  He also had over 100 hits and more than 30 takeaways.

He has been a model of consistency since then.  His point totals went down the last two seasons, but his goal totals have gone up.

Parayko has 159 points in 386 career games.  He has six goals and 24 points in 57 career playoff games.  That’s not too bad for a gigantic defenseman who wasn’t expected to be providing a ton of offense right from the word go.

He skates like a forward, passes well and has the body to take out just about any forward who challenges him.  His time with the team might be brief in this decade, but like he did in his rookie year, he made too much of an impression.