Jay Bouwmeester

The St. Louis Blues Defense

July 31, 2018

(Photo Credit: Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP) There has been so much written about the Blues forwards, but little has been said about the defense. With all the changes in personnel up front, it’s understandable why everyone is so excited. But what about the blue line? Let’s take a look at the roster and […]

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Blues 2017-18 Season Recap

July 24, 2018

As we anxiously await a new season of St. Louis Blues hockey, we thought it would be fun to recap last season. Let’s take one last look back at some of the things that happened during the 2017-18 season. Blues Get No Respect – The pundits weren’t talking about the Blues being contenders before the […]

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Ok St. Louis Blues, make me a believer.

July 8, 2018

(Photo Credit: Associated Press) Dad Joke time! I broke up with my girlfriend, she said it was because of my obsession with the Monkees. At first I thought she was kidding. And then I saw her face…!   I’m way more “Bear-ish” on the Blues than the other Blues Rants contributors. There’s no doubt that […]

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St. Louis Blues: The 3S Problem

June 30, 2018

(Photo Credit: Jack Dempsey / Associated Press) In one of my first articles for Bluesrants.com, I presented the Blues’s “4H Problem”: head, heart, hustle, and hangry. All four of those items were key areas where the Blues could improve on, and were completely within their control to fix. However, they were not the only areas […]

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Building The Team: Free Agent Roundup

June 21, 2018

(Paul Sancya / AP) – Tavares (USA Today Sports Images) – Kovalchuk (Photo By: Laurie Skrivan, St. Louis Post Dispatch) – Reaves It’s the offseason and with that it’s time for all the teams that didn’t win the Stanley Cup, essentially everyone that’s not the Washington Capitals, to start thinking about rebuilding their roster to […]

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Who is Mitch Reinke?

June 18, 2018

On March 31st, 2018, The St. Louis Blues visited the Arizona Coyotes. Jay Bouwmeester had been outside the action due to his season-ending hip injury, and Carl Gunnarsson suffered an ACL tear just a week before. We had ourselves a look at Mitch Reinke, and he did well regardless of the unfortunate 6-0 defeat. (That […]

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Building the Team: Internal Options

June 11, 2018

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports Well, here we are, it’s June, the playoffs are over, and the Blues aren’t there, again. We had a really early exit this year, not making the playoffs, not as usual, and we’ve all had time to process the season that wasn’t. We’ve processed, yelled, screamed and cried.  Then we moved […]

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Should They Stay or Should They Go: A Team Review, Part 2. The Defense and Goalies

April 24, 2018

(Photo Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports) The Season has now drawn to a close. It was a season of ups and downs and overall just plain disappointing. After the rocket hot start this year’s Blues team had, pretty much anything short of a Central Division Championship would have been disappointing. Then January and February happened, […]

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Chemical Engineering in My Hockey Stats? It’s More Likely than You think!

April 15, 2018

(Photo Credit: Getty Images) This will get to hockey, I promise. Remember high school chemistry?  The Ideal Gas Law PV = nRT (piv-nert)?  In the 1800s Boyle, Charles and Avogadro observed gases under laboratory conditions and figured out that pressure (P), volume (V), temperature (T) and the amount of molecules in the system (n) all […]

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Late First Round Draft Picks and Managing Your Draft Expectations

March 13, 2018

(PhotoCredit: Jeff Curry-USAToday) I attended the 1996 draft held in St. Louis and watched Marty Reasoner‘s selection. He spent parts of three seasons with the Blues before he was traded to Edmonton for Doug Weight. Marty never scored more than 14 goals and 34 points in a season. He didn’t score 100 career goals, 300 […]

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