A visit down memory lane: Former St. Louis Blues player T. J. Oshie

Ask any NHL fan to name instant Washington Capitals players, and you will almost certainly hear Alex Ovechkin and T. J. Oshie's names. Oshie, a former member of the St. Louis Blues, is an ideal hockey player and has earned a reputation few can match.
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T J. Oshie was drafted by the St. Louis Blues as the 24th pick in the first round of the 2005 draft.

Oshie succeeded in St. Louis, playing seven years with the Blues, and was one of the most popular players with the fanbase.

Oshie was a reliable threat. In his most successful season in St. Louis, he tallied 60 points, including 21 goals and 39 assists.

In 2011-12, Oshie scored an impressive 54 points, and in 2014-15, he followed it up with 55 points.

The St. Louis Blues shocked fans with an Oshie trade

Sometimes, a change of scenery is necessary for a player's full potential to come to fruition. This appeared to be the case for T. J. Oshie.

In one of the most questionable calls in Blues history, Oshie was traded to the Washington Capitals in 2015 in exchange for Troy Brouwer, Pheonix Copley, and a third-round draft pick.

Oshie continued his stardom in Washington, earning an All-Star appearance in 2020 and winning the Cup in 2018.

However, his most impressive stat change in Washington was scoring more goals than he ever did in St. Louis. He achieved all of his highest goal-scoring moments while playing for the Capitals.

He developed into a dependable and trustworthy teammate for NHL superstar Alex Ovechkin, forming an unmatched duo.

In his nine seasons with the Capitals, Oshie has officially surpassed his time in St. Louis.

There are indications that Oshie's followers might be in for a surprise this offseason, as retirement seems possible.

Fans in St. Louis can only imagine what an entire career in St. Louis could have amounted to, but one thing is for sure: Oshie remains one of the most underrated players in NHL history. His numbers rarely deflated, and he remained a loyal team member loved by St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals fans.