Blue Collar Weekly: Zach Sanford

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…”

Zach Sanford

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

RKGAPTS+/-SHITBLKCORSI %
1000114158.6
2202132153.8
3011121242.9
4011107277.8
5112245145.0

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

The Boston College alumni and former Washington Capital was traded to the Blues back in 2017, and it was a great trade. The Blues sent Kevin Shattenkirk and Phoenix Copely to the Capitals; furthermore, the Caps gave the Blues some fantastic gifts in return.
The Blues received Zach Sanford, Brad Malone,1st round pick in 2017(Robert Thomas), and a conditional 2nd round pick.
I would assume we agree that Robert Thomas probably was the best part of that trade. But I can’t fail to acknowledge that Sanford might be finally getting over that hump.

Career Statistics

NHL Standard career statistics
Scoring Goals Assists Shots Ice Time
Season Age Tm Lg GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW EV PP SH S S% TSA TOI ATOI FOW FOL FO% BLK HIT TK GV Awards
2016-17 22 TOT NHL 39 4 4 8 2 10 4 0 0 2 4 0 0 36 11.1 73 423 10:51 17 22 43.6 20 22 14 14
2016-17 22 WSH NHL 26 2 1 3 0 6 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 23 8.7 44 264 10:09 10 8 55.6 10 18 10 10
2016-17 22 STL NHL 13 2 3 5 2 4 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 13 15.4 29 159 12:14 7 14 33.3 10 4 4 4
2018-19 24 STL NHL 60 8 12 20 8 21 8 0 0 2 11 1 0 77 10.4 141 755 12:35 8 5 61.5 37 48 31 14
2019-20 25 STL NHL 42 8 13 21 10 20 8 0 0 1 13 0 0 54 14.8 100 544 12:57 1 4 20.0 21 80 12 8
3 yrs STL NHL 115 18 28 46 20 45 18 0 0 4 27 1 0 144 12.5 270 1457 12:40 16 23 41.0 68 132 47 26
1 yr WSH NHL 26 2 1 3 0 6 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 23 8.7 44 264 10:09 10 8 55.6 10 18 10 10
Career 3 yrs NHL 141 20 29 49 20 51 20 0 0 5 28 1 0 167 12.0 314 1721 12:12 26 31 45.6 78 150 57 36
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/8/2020.
In the past, he has shown inconsistency in his physical presence, and his troubles in the scoring department were a general concern for the coaches and the fanbase.
But if we look at #12’s career statistics below, you can see that he is starting to finally blossom, and his Career and 2019 Corsi rating says it all. This year he has an elite 51.2 % Corsi, and his Career Corsi is 50.3 %

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)

Video below:

https://www.foxsports.com/midwest/video/1693737539875

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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