BLUE COLLAR WEEKLY
St. Louis Blues’ Zach Sanford (12) checks Boston Bruins’ David Pastrnak (88), of the Czech Republic, to the ice during the first period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Welcome to Blue Collar Weekly, where I choose one lucky Blues hockey player to wear the Blue Collar of greatness for a week. I will judge the players by their elevated game-play and heavy stats. I will also mention other favorable stats from the current regular season, career highs, and milestones.
This week,” the Blue-Collar goes to…”
Its that time of year again when players are giving an extra effort because of the trade deadline coming up at the end of February. I guess you can say Zach Sanford is one of the leading Blues players that has been under the radar as of late. Subsequently, it has led to his current hot streak.
The 6 ft 4″ Salem, Massachusetts native, is 25 yrs old and is playing big at the moment. In his last five games, Zach has finally hit his stride and playing like that hard-grinding player we remember last year in the playoffs.
Last five games
As you can see, Sanford has 6 points in the last five games. He’s +6 with 19 hits and seven blocks in that timeframe.
In the Beginning
Zach is ultimately breaking his previous Career Highs and tying some others:
New career highs are:
- 13 assists
- 21 points
- +10 (plus/minus)
- 80 hits
- 13 even-strength assists
Tied career highs:
- Eight goals
- Eight even-strength goals
Berube’s thoughts on Sanford’s new success
“You’re seeing what we want to see or what his potential is. He’s a big guy that’s got great hands, and when he wants to be, he’s a strong guy. He’s playing a strong, heavy game right now and his talent’s coming through.” (courtesy of Fox Sports Midwest)
Cheers to Zach Sanford for winning the Blue-Collar Award and for his great effort and newfound contributions to the Blues franchise.
We look forward to seeing you develop into a grizzled veteran someday. Good luck, and keep up the hard work!
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Quote of the day:
“If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.” -James Cameron