This list would not be complete without one of the more popular players to wear the Bluenote during the last decade. We can debate stats or value or anything, but there is little doubt that T.J. Oshie was one of the most popular Blues in recent memory.
The truth is, regardless of where you fall on the trade of Oshie, he was a tremendous talent. His biggest issue was the team needed him to be a superstar and he was merely a star.
The way the Blues were structured, they needed him to regularly be a 60 point guy with a 70-plus point season sprinkled in. Instead, he was quite consistent overall, but more in the 50’s with the occasional 60 point year.
As far as goals, you always got double-digit goals. The only year Oshie ever missed more than 10 goals was 2012-13, when he only played 30 games. Even that year, he scored seven in 30 games, which isn’t a bad pace.
Oshie’s best season with the Blues came in 2013-14. He had 21 goals and 60 points.
Oshie has scored more goals with Washington a few times. 60 points remains his career high though.
The odd thing about Oshie was the up and down nature of his physicality. He would have over 100 hits one season and then only 77 or 90 in another.
Still, you could tell the talent was there. Oshie’s biggest national moment came while with the Blues.
Due to an odd international rule that lets a shooter go multiple times, Oshie would score four goals on six attempts against Team Russia in the 2014 Olympics. It was a moment that gained national attention.
"David Poile, the general manager and architect of the U.S. squad, said the day the team was announced — Jan. 1 at the Bridgestone 2014 NHL Winter Classic in Michigan Stadium — that Oshie’s shootout prowess was one of the deciding factors for including him on the roster. – Corey Masisak, NHL.com"
Unfortunately, Oshie’s time ended due to the team tanking in the first round of the playoffs after winning the division. Oshie was not necessarily the main problem, or even a big problem, but he was the one that Doug Armstrong chose to shake up the locker room.
Regardless, Oshie was still one of the best players the Blues had during the 2010’s.