Ask a Player: Alex Pietrangelo

Fans submitted questions for the Blues' top draft pick in 2008

Thursday, 06.26.2008 / 11:00 AM / St Louis Blues - Features
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Ask a Player: Alex Pietrangelo
 
Less than a week after he was drafted, the Blues gave fans a chance to submit their questions for Alex Pietrangelo. With hundreds of submitted questions, we narrowed them down and presented him with 10 questions that summed up what most of you were asking. His answers are below.

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1. What’s the hardest your shot has ever been clocked at?
– Jeremy Baeten, St. Peters, MO

Alex Pietrangelo: 95 mph at our team’s skills competition this year. I’ve been working on it.

2. I’ve heard that people are comparing you to Chris Pronger. Does that add any pressure?
– Jack Shipton, Calgary, Alberta

AP: No, I think most young players get compared to NHLers. I think it’s more of a compliment to my game.

3. Describe how it felt being picked by the Blues.
– Daniel Derkatch, Ottawa, Ontario

AP: It was an amazing feeling. All of the hard work that you’ve done in your whole life and career, it’s kind of paid off. It’s more of a relief to get everything over with. I was pretty pleased to get drafted here.

4. What are your plans if you do not make the Blues’ roster this season?
– Frank H., St. Louis, MO

AP: I’ll just go back to where I played last year in junior and work on my game and hopefully get ready for the next year.

5. What do you feel you need to do mentally or physically to prepare yourself for the upcoming season?
– Adam Levy, Belleville, IL


AP: Depends on whether it’s here or juniors, but hopefully it's here. It’s a totally different game. Everybody’s here to fight for the same job, and physically, they’re a lot stronger and older than I am. I’m just going to work hard and be ready for every shift.

6. Who is your role model in hockey that has helped you accomplish what you have so far in your hockey career?
– Chad Benson, Olney, IL


AP: Role model is probably my dad, I mean just because I look up to him for what he does. But hockey wise, there’s a guy like Nick Lidstrom who has had a great career and he’s played steady his whole life. I want to have a career like that.

7. Do you hate the Red Wings?
– Sara Ohlms, St. Louis, MO

AP: No (laughing).
stlouisblues.com: We’ll change that.

8. What was your first thought when the Blues called your name on Friday night?
– Tyler Madden, Troy, MO

AP: I can’t believe my name just got called. I mean not much else crossed my mind. You kind of blank out for a few minutes and just try and enjoy the moment.

9. Watching guys like Erik Johnson and Sidney Crosby make a quick leap right into the NHL, do you feel pressured to contribute at an elite level right away?
– Dane H., Damiansville, IL

AP: It’s not so much pressure, but it’s more that you feel like you can do the same thing. Obviously, it seems that St. Louis is giving young guys a chance like David Perron and Erik Johnson, so it makes me feel pretty confident that I have a chance to make the lineup.

10. What do you think will be the biggest transition from juniors to the NHL?
– Geoff Baker, St. Louis, MO

AP: Just the speed factor. Watching practice, it’s a whole different level than junior hockey. Everybody is stronger and quicker, so I’ve just got to get used to that.

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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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