Alex Pietrangelo highlighted his first year as the Blues' captain with a career-best 14 goals, and he cleared 45 points (14 goals, 34 assists) for the third time in four seasons; a big chunk of those points -- 19 -- came on the power play. His production ticked up at the end of the season thanks in no small part to the midseason departure of Kevin Shattenkirk; after the trade, Pietrangelo posted 18 points, including eight of his power-play points, in 20 games. Compare that to the 30 points he put up in 60 games before the trade, and the writing's on the wall. The No. 1 pick in the 2008 draft, Pietrangelo already has two 51-point seasons in his back pocket, and with a bigger power-play role on tap in the absence of Shattenkirk, he should easily clear 50 again -- and maybe even challenge 60.
Pietrangelo collected an assist, four shots on net, two blocked shots and a minor penalty over 28:22 of ice time (6:55 on the power play) during Friday's Game 5 win over Nashville. Matching up against and trying to slow down the opposition's top scorers has hindered Pietrangelo's offensive upside during the playoffs, but his cross-category production is still impressive. He's recorded four helpers, 27 shots and 26 blocked shots through 10 postseason games, which provides a nice fantasy floor. Looking ahead to next season, if Pietrangelo quarterbacks the No. 1 power-play unit, he'll be an extremely valuable asset.
Pietrangelo will not suit up for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Avalanche, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. One of the better blueliners on the offensive end of the ice, Pietrangelo will take an extra day of rest ahead of the team's postseason to ensure his health. He finishes the 2016-17 regular season with 48 points (14 goals, 34 assists) over 80 games and figures to be a significant factor in the postseason.
Pietrangelo contributed a pair of assists and fired five shots on goal in Saturday's win over the Hurricanes. That's a four-game point streak for Pietrangelo, who has put up back-to-back multi-point games. He's put together arguably his best offensive season of his career and appears ready to help lead the Blues on a postseason run. Pietrangelo quarterbacks the power play and has notched a career-high 14 goals this season, so it won't take long for him to be taken off the board in playoff drafts.
Pietrangelo scored a power-play goal and added an empty-net assist in Thursday's 6-3 win over Florida. Both his points came on the final two goals of the game, as he ensured that the Blues sealed the deal on this win. He's a terrifically steady scoresheet presence lately, racking up 17 points coupled with a plus-10 rating in the Blues' last 20 contests. The Kevin Shattenkirk trade seemed to change the nature of Pietrangelo's game, as he was in the midst of a disappointing campaign before the NHL trade deadline. No longer.
Pietrangelo scored a goal and added an assist during Thursday's win over Vancouver. It's been an excellent fantasy stretch for Pietrangelo, as he's recorded three goals, 11 points, 32 shots and 25 blocked shots through his past 13 games. His 26:41 of ice time with 2:44 on the power play during that span help his floor, while his ceiling is currently high, too. With Kevin Shattenkirk out of the picture, Pietrangelo is proving to be a high-end asset. His virtual outlook for 2017-18 is promising.
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