Pietrangelo Loves the Game

Thursday, 09.04.2008 / 4:13 PM / St Louis Blues - Features
By Adam Schwartz  - NHL.com
X
Share with your Friends


Pietrangelo Loves the Game
Alex Pietrangelo admits hockey wasn\'t always the love of his life. But that was a long time ago, and the way he plays the game now shows his desire. St. Louis likes that and a lot more.
Alex Pietrangelo outgrew his dislike of hockey and became a 6-foot-3, 206-pound man, which helped him become a top prospect at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft (Getty Images).

For someone who didn't particularly enjoy hockey as a child, Alex Pietrangelo has turned out to be a pretty impressive player.

Pietrangelo, selected fourth by St. Louis in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, eventually came to enjoy hockey and has the potential to be a defensive stalwart for the Blues.

Most Canadian-born hockey players start skating by age 2, but Pietrangelo, who was born in King City, Ontario, got a late start.

"It kind of started around the age of 6," Pietrangelo said. "I never used to like hockey, actually. My parents put me on the ice and I used to cry to get off the ice. They kept putting me back out there, and after a while I started to enjoy it more and more. And once they put a stick in my hands, it took off from there and I've loved the game ever since."

The 6-foot-3, 206-pound Pietrangelo led the Niagara IceDogs and was seventh among Ontario Hockey League defensemen with 53 points. Of the six defensemen that scored more points than Pietrangelo, just Ryan Ellis of the Windsor Spitfires had a better plus-minus rating than Pietrangelo's plus-29 last season. Pietrangelo is a plus-69 in two OHL seasons.

"I try to play my own game, play both ends of the ice," Pietrangelo said. "Obviously take care of the defensive end and the offense will come with it. To be a good defenseman you have to be able to play both ends and that's what I've been told to try to do -- try to use my good vision with the power play and move the puck. For a big guy I figure I can skate pretty well and use my size to my advantage, and make sure the defensive end is working as well as the offense."

IceDogs General Manager Dave Brown praised Pietrangelo's ability to play in all situations.

"He can quarterback the power play, help kill penalties and he's great four-on-four," Brown told Osprey News Network. "I don't think there's a lot of question marks, but it's easy for me because I'm not putting anything on the line. I see him every day, know what he's all about and he's mature beyond his years. All the things you want as a GM, he brings to the table."

It's clear Blues GM Larry Pleau and John Davidson, the team president, feel the same. While Pietrangelo will be a major piece of righting the ship in St. Louis, where the Blues finished above only the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference last season, he will join a talented core of young players. In addition to Pietrangelo, the Blues' future nucleus includes four first-round picks in the past three drafts, including 2007 choices Patrick Berglund, Lars Eller and David Perron, and Erik Johnson, the first pick of the 2006 draft.

Johnson and Perron played for the Blues last season and Pietrangelo will have the chance to make the team out of training camp, but hockey wasn't his primary concern in April, when his season ended in the second round of the OHL playoffs when he was diagnosed with mononucleosis. He managed to score four goals and add five assists for nine points in six playoff games for Niagara.

High point totals are something Pietrangelo has become accustomed to, and shouldn't come as a surprise for a player who started as a forward.

"I used to be the power forward," Pietrangelo said. "I used to wear No. 88 like Eric Lindros and someone decided to put me on defense and that worked out."

Pietrangelo, who wears No. 10 in Niagara, now fashions his game after another physical player who knows how to contribute offensively, and happens to be a former Blue.

"The guys always kind of tease me -- they call me Pronger because I guess I kind of play like him," Pietrangelo said of former Hart and Norris trophy winner Chris Pronger. "He's a big guy, he can skate and move the puck. So I think that kind of relates to me. I try to watch him, see what he does and try to apply it to my own game."

Blues brass certainly wouldn't mind another Pronger coming through the St. Louis.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  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

STATS

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

 
TICKETS
Single Game Tickets
Full Season Tickets
Half Season Plans
12-Game Plans
6-Game Packs
Group Tickets
Luxury Suites
My Account
NHL Ticket Exchange

TEAM
Team Roster
Prospects
Coaches
Front Office
Blues History
All-Time Player Roster
Chicago Wolves

SCHEDULE
Preseason
Regular Season
Schedule Downloads
Printable Schedule (PDF)

STATS
Player Stats
League Standings

NEWS
News
Features
2014 NHL Draft

VIDEO
Game Highlights
GameDay
News & Interviews
All-Access
NHL Network

SOCIAL
Find a Player
Facebook
Twitter
Mobile App
E-mail Subscriptions

FANS
Hot Deals for Cool Fans
Photo Galleries
License Plates

COMMUNITY
Blues in the Community
Blues 14 Fund
50/50 Raffle Numbers

SHOP
Online Store
Blues Auctions
True Blues Authentics

stlouisblues.com is the official Web site of the St Louis Blues. St Louis Blues, stlouisblues.com and stlblues.com are trademarks of the St Louis Blues Hockey Club. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2014 St. Louis Blues Hockey Club and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

PRIVACY POLICY | ADCHOICES | TERMS OF USE | EMPLOYMENT & INTERNSHIPS | GUEST EXPERIENCE SURVEY | CONTACT US