Training Camp Notebook

Friday, 09.14.2007 / 11:17 AM / St Louis Blues - News
By Chris Pinkert  - St. Louis Blues
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Training Camp Notebook
McKee Gears Up For Fresh Start

Blues defenseman Jay McKee is looking forward to leaving last season in the past.

Just a year ago, McKee sprained his knee in a preseason game and was sidelined. In his regular season debut, he suffered a broken wrist on his first shift and played in just 22 more games before a pelvis injury shut him down for the season.

This week’s training camp scrimmages are the closest he’s come to game action since attempting a return on Feb. 27, 2007.

“I feel great, I feel really good,” McKee said after a game on Friday. “I’ve been skating all summer, but you don’t get that same feeling skating with guys in scrimmages as you do when you’re out there banging around and going 100 percent. I have no complaints, I feel great and I’m looking forward to this season.”

McKee will be sporting the No. 77 this season on the back of his jersey. He wore 74 last year.

“I wore 74 on another team for 11 years or so. I just felt that (No. 77) belongs there. I’m on a new team, it’s a new chapter for me.”

The 30-year-old defenseman is hoping to completely close the book on the past year and look forward to this season. He hopes the lingering injury stays in the past.

“There were some questions in my mind, but being out there for the last couple of days really lifted a weight off my shoulders,” he said. “We, as players, have very high expectations of ourselves this year. If you look at the organization from top to bottom, they’ve really worked hard to make this a complete first class organization, and the guys are responding around that.”


Sept. 13

McKenna Excited for Training Camp Opportunity

Every time Mike McKenna walks to his mailbox, he finds an invitation.

Early in the summer, the Blues asked him to their summer prospect development camp. A month later, he was invited to participate in the NHL prospects tournament in Traverse City, Michigan. And just last weekend, he was personally invited to attend training camp this week.

“The ball just kept rolling,” McKenna said. “They indicated to me that they needed a goaltender for (Traverse City), so I figured I’d go along and see how it goes.”

McKenna won both games he started in Traverse City, including a shutout effort against the Dallas Stars where he stopped 41 shots.

McKenna played for the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL last season, recording a 27-4-7 record along with a 2.21 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.

“(Getting invited to training camp) was definitely a very nice surprise. It’s something that I’ve worked for for so long, and I never thought it was going to happen, and two years after I graduated, I finally got my chance here,” McKenna said. “It was exciting. I just try to play my best, and so far it’s been going pretty well.”

McKenna is not under contract with the Blues and is participating in camp on a tryout basis. If he is not offered a contract, he will return to the ECHL, where the Wranglers own his rights.

“My goal is to play at as a high of a level as I possibly can, whether it’s this year or next year or down the road. Whatever the organization sees fit. If they decide to have me in it, I’d love to be a part of it.”

“It’s been a fortunate summer for me, to say the least.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Steen 68 33 29 17 62
T. Oshie 79 21 39 19 60
D. Backes 74 27 30 14 57
J. Schwartz 80 25 31 28 56
A. Pietrangelo 81 8 43 20 51
K. Shattenkirk 81 10 35 1 45
V. Tarasenko 64 21 22 20 43
D. Roy 75 9 28 -1 37
J. Bouwmeester 82 4 33 26 37
V. Sobotka 61 9 24 14 33
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 18 6 2 .922 1.96
R. Miller 25 30 4 .918 2.64

 
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