26-Year-Old Defenseman – St. Louis Blues
Kevin Shattenkirk Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $17 million extension with the Blues in June of 2013.
Coach Ken Hitchcock confirmed after Friday's practice that Shattenkirk (abdominal surgery) will return to the lineup Saturday against the Blue Jackets. The Blues have officially activated him from injured reserve.
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Kevin Shattenkirk: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
It is hard to say which Kevin Shattenkirk will show up in St. Louis this season. Will it be the defenseman who put up 14 points in the first 14 games or the blueliner who delivered a paltry nine points in the remaining 34 games? At this point, it's a guess, but the answer is probably somewhere in between. The former first-round draft pick has good puck skills, is an excellent passer and has great vision on the ice. And he is surrounded by talent in St. Louis. He might slip on draft day based on that molasses-like 34 games, but that would be a mistake. Be ready to take advantage. He could easily deliver top-10 production for blueliners.
Shattenkirk, who had a reputation of an offensive defenseman after his 43-point rookie season in 2010-11, did nothing to dispel that notion when he threw up another 43 points in 81 games in his first full season as a Blue last season. Only this time, he brought more to the defensive end, finishing the season tied for second on the team at plus-20 rating. He's overshadowed by teammate Alex Pietrangelo, but the two give the Blues great offensive potential from the blue line. The organization would like to see Shattenkirk continue to round out his game, but it is also in need of the offense he brings. Five of his nine goals and 18 of his 43 points came on the man advantage. If he's paired with a defensive specialist, like Roman Polak or Barrett Jackman, Shattenkirk can continue to push the offense in 2012-13.
Shattenkirk was an early-season callup to Colorado and never set skate on another AHL rink the rest of the way. He showcased his offensive skills early, putting up 26 points in 46 games with the Avalanche before his trade to St. Louis. He picked up his scoring pace for the Blues, with 17 points in 26 games. That was good enough to be a top-20 scorer from the blue line. The knock on Shattenkirk is that he’s not abrasive enough on the defensive end, but with a better defensive team, he improved his plus-minus from minus-11 with Colorado to plus-7 for St. Louis.
Shattenkirk remains one of the most highly-anticipated defensive prospects the Avalanche organization has ever produced. He was a star at Boston University the past three seasons, scoring 78 points (18G, 60A) over that span, and added two more helpers in three games for the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters after turning pro last season. He is expected to challenge for a roster spot with the Avs this season, but will likely return to the AHL in order to continue to developing his all-around game.
Acquired 14th overall in the 2007 entry draft. Shattenkirk is still at least one more year away from landing in the NHL, as it was announced that he will return to the collegiate level this upcoming season to play for Boston University. Still, Shattenkirk is considered by many to be the Avs' top defensive prospect. Undersized but highly competitive, he is a skilled passer and plays a deadly transition game. He's got plenty of offensive skill and should find himself quarterbacking the Avs' power play one day.
Shattenkirk is considered by many to be the Avs' top defensive prospect. Undersized but highly competitive, he is a skilled passer and plays a deadly transition game. He's got plenty of offensive skill and could find himself QB'ing the Avs' power play one day. He's still probably a couple of years away from cracking the Avs' roster, however. Those of you in keeper leagues should watch him closely.
Shattenkirk is a big leader in a small body. He's just 5'11" and 190 lbs, and he can skate like the wind. But it's his slap shot that captures our attention. He's going to score a lot of goals some day and he's aggressive for a small guy. His game fits the new NHL; it's just going to take a few years for it to blossom once he arrives.