St. Louis Blues: Shattenkirk Deal Essential for Blues’ Future Success

July 1st, 2013 by Ryan Bothmann Leave a reply »

The St. Louis Blues had to give up a lot to acquire Kevin Shattenkirk and Chris Stewart from the Colorado Avalanche back in 2011. St. Louis sent the Avalanche former No. 1 overall pick Erik Johnson, forward Jay McClement and a first-round draft pick.

For the Blues, the move was intended to bring some new faces into a talented locker room of players that was struggling to find success. It also gave the Blues an opportunity to bring in a player they believed would become a premier goal scorer in Chris Stewart.

Kevin Shattenkirk was not exactly an afterthought when the trade occurred. After all, the Avalanche drafted Shattenkirk 14th overall in the 2007 NHL draft, and he was projected to be a very good player. The big piece in the deal, though, was Chris Stewart.

Two years later, though, things look a little different. While Stewart has been a fine player for the Blues at times, he has struggled mightily with inconsistency and has failed to reach his full potential so far with St. Louis. There is still time for Stewart to have great success with the Blues, and he showed great improvement this season, but frankly, his time may be ...

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