23-Year-Old Defenseman – St. Louis Blues
Alex Pietrangelo Contract Information:
Signed a seven-year, $45.5 million contract with the Blues in September of 2013.
Pietrangelo notched a pair of assists in Thursday's win over Colorado.
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Age is determined on October 1st of each season.
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|Nov 29||at SJ||0||0||0||-2||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||0||0||25:33||4:25|
|Nov 27||at COL||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||3||0.0||2||3||22:00||0:00|
|Nov 21||at BOS||0||0||0||-1||0||0||0||0||2||0.0||0||6||27:53||0:56|
|Nov 19||at BUF||0||0||0||-1||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||1||1||20:41||2:21|
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|Nov 5||at MON||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||0.0||0||3||30:49||4:48|
|Nov 2||at TB||1||0||1||-1||0||0||0||0||1||100.0||0||2||27:11||3:56|
|Nov 1||at FLA||1||0||1||1||0||1||0||0||2||50.0||0||3||21:47||3:49|
|Oct 26||at NSH||1||1||2||3||0||1||0||0||2||50.0||0||1||21:57||3:20|
|Oct 18||at WPG||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||3||26:49||2:30|
|Oct 17||at CHI||0||1||1||1||0||0||1||0||2||0.0||1||4||30:45||2:31|
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Pietrangelo is the unquestioned leader on the defense for the Blues and the team's leader in minutes played. It was a slow offensive start for Pietrangelo in 2011-12, but for the second straight season, he had a stellar second half -- 40 of his 51 points came in the final 44 games from January through the end of the regular season. Don't get down on him if he's not putting up the offense right away. He will. Like many top defensemen in the league, Pietrangelo is on ice for both special teams, with 24 points coming on the power play. He should be one of the top five defensmen selected in any draft.
It looks like the Blues played it just right with Pietrangelo, giving him just enough time in the AHL to develop before handing him an important role with the major league club in 2010-11. He showed improvement over the course of the season, posting a plus-18 with 11 goals and 32 assists. Though there are better true defenders on the roster, Pietrangelo is the unquestioned No. 1 and offensive leader from the blue line. He’s expected to quarterback the power play unit and we should see more offense as he becomes comfortable taking chances.
Pietrangelo had another productive season at the junior level and will make the jump in 2009-10. Does that mean the AHL or the NHL? At this point, there's an opening for a sixth defender on the Blues' blue line because the team opted not to re-sign Mike Weaver. It appears Pietrangelo will have a chance to earn that spot, and he's created some buzz within the organization and throughout the fan base. The Blues could use the offensively-skilled Pietrangelo in their transition game, but he's not likely to crack the top-four this coming season.
At 19, Pietrangelo sits atop the Blues' prospect pile. He played in eight games for St. Louis last season before they sent him back to Niagra of the Ontario Hockey League, where he had 29 points in 36 games. He's a puck-moving defenseman -- something the parent club needs -- who is a high-end offensive talent. Eric Brewer's absence to start the season should create room on the active roster for him, but he's probably not ready to be a top-four defender yet.
The offensive-minded blueliner was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2008 Entry Draft. He signed an entry-level contract with the Blues and has an outside chance to make the squad out of camp, considering the injury to Eric Johnson and the Blues' lack of offense from their defensemen last season. It is rare that an 18-year-old defenseman makes it to the NHL, but Pietrangelo could very well buck that trend in these circumstances.