Oshie Ready to Make the Jump

Wednesday, 10.01.2008 / 12:03 PM / St Louis Blues - Features
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Oshie Ready to Make the Jump
T.J. Oshie says he feels prepared to make the jump to the NHL (Getty Images).
After failing in his bid to win a National Championship with the Fighting Sioux, a former North Dakota collegiate is singing the Blues.

But it isn’t necessarily a sour note.

That’s because Warroad, MN. native T.J. Oshie is primed to make the jump from the college ranks to the NHL. The former first round selection is poised to join the St. Louis Blues as the organization pushes for their first playoff berth in five years.

Oshie’s NHL arrival wasn’t a slam dunk, though. After failing to capture a national title, the 21-year-old had to think long and hard about leaving his teammates – and another shot at the championship – behind.

“Obviously I didn’t get the national title this year, so going back and getting [the title] was on my mind,” Oshie said.

“On the other side of the fence, playing in the NHL is my dream and the opportunity arose and I thought I could make the jump. Making the jump was a better decision for me.”

Oshie joins the likes of Erik Johnson, David Perron and fellow rookie Patrik Berglund in the Blues’ rebuilding process. It is this core of former first round selections that St. Louis hopes can bring success. And Oshie is excited to be a part of it.

“It’s a great team to be a part of with all the great guys coming in,” Oshie said. “It’s nice to be part of a growing organization. Being able to go through it with these young guys makes things more special.”

It also helps make Oshie’s transition easier, he said.

“There’s a level of trust and confidence between all the young guys.”

It especially helps having Berglund, a fellow rookie with similar expectations, along for the ride. Admittedly, Oshie is glad he doesn’t have to go through the experience of being a highly touted impact rookie alone.

“We’re getting a close bond going. It’s nice to have close friends and [build] a relationship with someone you’re going through the same situation with.”

The situations included going through St. Louis’ rookie camp, which Oshie participated in for the second season. The camp was a formality for the prospect, reintroducing the 5-foot-11, 170-pound forward to the organization.

“I think I was a lot more ready for it. I already had an idea of the systems and things like that so I felt a lot more comfortable on the ice,” Oshie said. “It gives you a little heads up as to where you need to be. At the development camp you want to be one of the best players so you fit in more at the main camp. It gives you an idea of what kind of tempo and speed you need to play at.”

It will have to be a quick adjustment for Oshie, as he is expected to not only make the Blues, but also challenge for the Calder trophy.

“I’m just trying to take it all in and use it to my advantage and use it to motivate me.”

Oshie is well aware of the expectation, but isn’t obsessed with fulfilling it. A Calder, he suggests, isn’t the only way to mark a successful season.

Pushing St. Louis into the playoffs for the first time in the post-lockout era, however, is a tune that the Blues’ newest rookie can sing to.

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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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