Who are the top St. Louis Blues players in the history of the organization? There have been plenty of “fan favorites” to play in St. Louis, but we took some time look at the five most influential players to put on the Blue Note.
5) Brian Sutter: Brian was drafted by the Blues in 1976 and he instantly became one of the best Blues player. Sutter played wing for twelve seasons and is the leader in almost every category for the franchise. He sits third in points (636), goals (333) and power play goals (107). He also is second in games played (1,786), fourth in hat-tricks (seven) and sixth in game-winning goals (29). He played his entire career for the Blues before having to retire due to a back injury. He is the longest tenured captain in franchise history. He also spent four season behind the bench as head coach, his team finished second almost every year but couldn’t get passed the second round in the playoffs.
4) Al MacInnis: MacInnis spent the majority of his career with the Calgary Flames, even winning the Stanley Cup in ’89. But Al is better-known for his ten season wearing the Blue Note. MacInnis played with fellow top-defenseman, Chris Pronger, to be the best defensive duo in the NHL. He had hockey smarts on the ice as well as one of the hardest slap shots in the NHL. MacInnis finished seventh in games played with the Blues (613), sixth in points (652) and sixth in power play goals (64). MacInnis also won the Norris trophy, awarded to the best defenseman in the league, in 1999. After retirement, MacInnis remains in the organization as the Senior Advisor to the General Manager. His #2 hangs in the rafters at Scottrade and still is considered one of the best defenseman in franchise history.
3) Bob Plager: When you think St. Louis Blues it’s hard not to think of Bob Plager. He spent his early career with New York, playing in only 29 games over three years. Then the NHL’s expansion gave Bob a chance to become and NHL regular when he was traded to St. Louis in June of 1967. Plager played with his brother, Barclay, and thus began the hard-hitting, defense-based duo in the NHL. Bobby appeared in three straight Stanley Cup Finals and earned a reputation with his devastating hip check. Plager spent 11 years on the St. Louis Blues as a player and 11 games behind the bench in 1992-1993. Plager, once retired, took a position with the Blues front office and credited with developing the advanced scouting. Plager was known as a prankster off-ice and still is the BEST storyteller at the Scottrade Center. When you think Blues, you think Bob Plager.
2) Bernie Federko: Federko is the leader in nearly every offensive category during his tenure in St. Louis. He is first in games players (927), points (1,073) and assists (721). He is second in goals (352), hat tricks (11), power-play goals (116) and fourth in game-winning goals (40). His playoff stats are even more impressive. He is second in points (101), goals (35), and first in assists (66). His offensive production made him a highlight reel for Blues and hockey fans. Off-ice, what made Federko real important to the team? Keeping the team from Saskatoon. The Blues had been sold, and if team continued to lose, they would move. But Federko and his teammates helped the team move up in the standings. Federko was the best two-way player the Blues had and was awarded captaincy in his last season as a St. Louis Blue.
1) Brett Hull: Brett Hull is a fantastic player and the most famous player ever to wear the Blue Note. Hull originally started with Calgary but was traded to St. Louis in ’87. Hull spent 11 seasons with the Blues, and go through the prime of his career in St. Louis. Hull put on a show in St. Louis for fans. He finished first in goals (527), hat tricks (27), game-winning goals (70), and power-play goals (195). His playoff totals were just as great; first in points (137), first in goals (67) and second in assists (50). He became the fifth player in NHL history to score 50 goals in 50 games in 1990-1991. He moved on to Dallas and Detroit to win two Stanley Cups. There’s no question that Brett will go down in history as one of the most important Blues player to put on the Blue Note sweater.