Cliff Ronning is one of those players that is somewhat the opposite of our previous entries. Ronning was a pretty good player with the Blues, but went on to better things elsewhere.
The Blues drafted Ronning in the seventh round in 1984, so he wasn’t expected to do too much. However, in his first half season he scored 11 goals and 25 points, which is not too bad for a seventh rounder.
Ronning only played 26 games the following year, but jumped up to 69 games in his third pro season. He ended that year with a rather nice 55 points and 24 goals.
Then, Ron Caron did what he does and that was make trades. Ronning was included in one of the worst trades in Blues history. Ronning, Robert Dirk, Sergio Momesso and Geoff Courtnall were all traded for Garth Butcher and Dan Quinn. Blues fans love Butcher, but St. Louis gave up a lot of goals and points.
Ronning had a 70 point season his very first year in Vancouver. He scored 85 points after that and then eight out of the next nine seasons were all over 50 points. The only season he failed to do that was during the lockout and half the games were played.
Ronning was not an all-world type player, but the Blues could have used some of those points. Nevertheless, Ronning was a solid number seven even in his days with the Blues.