If you haven’t been paying much attention to the Blues this season, the team’s leading scorer might surprise you. You won’t find Brad Boyes, Paul Kariya or David Backes leading the team in scoring but rather Alex Steen who is paving the way with 23 goals on the season. Steen entered last night’s game against Chicago tied with Andy McDonald with 21 goals on the year, but quickly jumped ahead by chipping in two very important goals last night.
Heading into this season, likely no fan would have chosen Steen as the leading scorer and likely would have guessed one of the players above or perhaps one of the youngsters. However, it became clear immediately that Steen possessed a higher gear than the rest of the team as he flew around the ice, creating chances and chaos wherever he went.
Steen’s hard work has been rewarded and has earned him not only time on the power-play, but he has ascended the lines and finally found time on the first line last night after an opening emerged when Paul Kariya was sidelined. Steen made the most of his opportunities and used his energy and speed as he has all season, creating chances where there aren’t any.
Has Steen been the Blues best player this year? It’s tough to say he hasn’t been despite the fact he has mostly flown well below the radar of not only casual Blues fans but fans around the NHL.
If not for his scoring production, Steen needs to remain with the Blues just for his attitude and work ethic. The Blues have notoriously caved early this season in close games and often look like they are not giving a complete effort. This has not been the case for Alex Steen.
For a season that has seen plenty of disappointments and likely will end with the Blues missing the playoffs, Alex Steen has been the brightest this season and I hope we see him skating for St. Louis next season and for years to come.