2008-09 Blues Fan Awards

Thursday, 06.11.2009 / 10:30 AM / St Louis Blues - Features
By Chris Pinkert  - St. Louis Blues
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2008-09 Blues Fan Awards
For two weeks in May, Blues fans were given a chance to submit their votes for the first-ever Blues Fan Awards, held exclusively at stlouisblues.com. Fans could choose the team’s MVP, best forward, best defenseman, unsung hero, biggest surprise, most popular player and the team’s best moment from the 2008-09 season. After thousands of votes, here are the results.

Team MVP
Winner: Chris Mason (46.2% of total votes)
Runner-up: David Backes (17.7% of total votes)
Mason
When Manny Legace was assigned to Peoria in February, Chris Mason became the workhorse in goal. After a sluggish start as a backup early in the season, Mason found his groove and led the Blues from dead last in the Western Conference to 6th in just two months. In February, we wrote that Mason’s play would make or break the team’s playoff hopes, and they did. Thanks to him, perhaps more so than any other player, the Blues made their first playoff appearance since the lockout.


Best Forward

Winner: David Backes (31% of total votes)
Runner-up: Brad Boyes (25.7% of total votes)
Backes
Blues fans chose David Backes as the team’s best forward during the 2008-09 season, and deservedly so. Backes tied for the team-lead in goals (31) and had 54 points, a career-high. He played in all 82 games and performed well in clutch situations, including a last-second game-tying goal in Boston and a four-goal performance in a crucial game in Detroit. Backes had 13 goals in 2007-08, so there is certainly marked improvement for the power forward. The best part? He’s only 25.


Best Defenseman
Winner: Roman Polak (30.1% of total votes)
Runner-up: Barret Jackman (27.7% of total votes)
Polak
Although he’s been a Blues prospect since 2004, fans never really got a good look at Roman Polak until this most recent season, where he proved he certainly belonged in the big leagues. Polak blocked at least one shot in 53 of his 69 games. With injuries to key defenseman like Eric Brewer and Erik Johnson, Polak got plenty of ice time and looked mature in his first full season in the NHL.


Unsung Hero

Winner: Jay McClement (18.8% of total votes)
Runner-up: David Backes (11.3% of total votes)
McClement
Penalty killers and role players typically don’t get much attention when it comes to the fans or media, but don’t overlook Jay McClement’s contributions to the team. He quietly went about his work, leading the entire league with more than 315 minutes played while shorthanded. He blocked shots, he hustled, and he was always a threat to score while shorthanded. McClement recently signed a multi-year contract extension with the Blues.


Biggest Surprise

Winner: David Backes (16.9% of total votes)
Runner-up: Chris Mason (16.5% of total votes)
Backes
In perhaps the most surprising vote tally, Blues fans chose David Backes for this season’s most surprising performance. Several members of the Blues’ staff felt this was an award that would belong to a rookie like Patrik Berglund or T.J. Oshie for making contributions immediately at the big-league level, but Backes’ improvement (to the tune 18 more goals) takes the prize. Chris Mason finished a very close second.



Most Popular Player

Winner: T.J. Oshie (72.9% of total votes)
Runner-up: Keith Tkachuk (7.1% of total votes)
Oshie
The winner of the most popular player award shouldn’t come as a shock at all. T.J. Oshie has been highly touted since he was drafted in 2005. Fans had to wait three full years to see Oshie skate as a pro, but when he arrived, he delivered. Oshie had 39 points in 57 games as a rookie and was a plus-16. Big hits and highlight-reel goals will make this 22-year-old one of the team’s most popular players for years to come.


Best Moment

Winner: Blues Clinch Playoff Berth (50% of total votes)
Runner-up: T.J. Oshie Hits Rick Nash…Twice (20.6% of total votes)
One in every two Blues fans agree that the best moment of last season came on April 10, when the team clinched its first playoff berth since the lockout with a 3-1 win over Columbus at Scottrade Center. The sell-out crowd was on their feet and cheering during the game’s final two minutes before erupting at the final buzzer. Many will suggest that it was one of the loudest moments in Scottrade Center’s 15-year history.

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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

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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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