2009-10 Blues Fan Awards

Monday, 06.07.2010 / 10:02 AM / St Louis Blues - Features
By Chris Pinkert  - St. Louis Blues
Blues fans were given a chance to vote in the second annual Blues Fan Awards at stlouisblues.com for two weeks in May. Fans were allowed to choose the team's MVP, its best forward, best defenseman, unsung hero, biggest surprise, most popular player and the best moment from the 2009-10 season. With thousands of votes submitted, the results are in.

Team MVP - Alex Steen (25% of total votes)
Runner-up: David Backes (16% of total votes)
A wrist injury early in the season wasn't enough to keep Alex Steen from producing. Through 68 games played, Steen tied for the team lead in goals (24) and ranked fourth on the club in points (47). He set a personal-best in goals, points, plus/minus (+6). He also led the team with four game-winning goals. The Winnipeg native was traded to St. Louis along with Carlo Colaiacovo in exchange for Lee Stempniak in 2008.  "It was great for me. A new opportunity, new scenery," Steen said about the trade to St. Louis. "The Blues organization has been great. Everything has been top notch."
Best Forward - Alex Steen (25% of total votes)
Runner-up: Andy McDonald (19% of total votes)
It's not surprising considering he was chosen as the team's MVP, but Steen also claimed the Blues Fan Award for best forward during the 2009-10 season. He faced some stiff competition, as Andy McDonald, David Backes, T.J. Oshie and David Perron all contributed more than 45 points each. Steen brought some stability to the power play once he was inserted onto the top unit in December.
Best Defenseman - Erik Johnson (36% of total votes)
Runner-up: Roman Polak (29% of total votes)
Defenseman Erik Johnson didn't show much rust despite missing the entire 2008-09 season with a leg injury. In 2009-10, he scored 10 goals and added 29 assists in 79 games. He led all defenseman in goals scored and became the first Blues defenseman since Chris Pronger in 2003-04 to score more 10 goals or more. His 39 points put him eighth on the club.
Unsung Hero - Mike Weaver (16% of total votes)
Runner-up: Alex Steen (13% of total votes)
The fans spoke and they really got this one right: Mike Weaver had just 10 points in 79 games, but this award is more about things you can't find on a statsheet. It's about second effort, blocking shots and doing whatever is necessary to help the team succeed. Even when Weaver scored his first goal as a Blue vs. the New York Rangers, he was overshadowed by Paul Kariya's 400th career goal. This is an honor well-deserved.
Biggest Surprise - Alex Steen (52% of total votes)
Runner-up: Mike Weaver (6% of total votes)
No surprise here...Alex Steen keeps taking home the hardware when it comes to the fan's vote. You can pinpoint the beginning of Steen's hot streak to when he was added to the top power play unit. He was decisive and wasn't afraid to shoot the puck, and his confidence soared from there and helped him in all areas of his game.
Most Popular Player - T.J. Oshie (61% of total votes)
Runner-up: Keith Tkachuk (12% of total votes)
Fans were fascinated with T.J. Oshie long before he ever wore a Blue Note. Maybe it was that he impressed and dangled the puck at the various rookie camps or maybe it was the big hits fans watched on YouTube while he played at the University of North Dakota. Whatever started the popularity, it's still going and for good reason. Oshie plays the game hard every night and delivers a few highlight reel plays (and hits) to boot.
Best Moment - Tkachuk's Final Game (34% of total votes)
Runner-up: Perron's Coast-to-Coast Goal vs. Islanders (23% of total votes)
Every Blues season is filled with memorable moments, but rarely do you get to celebrate the career of one of the team's biggest contributors in the last decade. After 543 games and 427 points in a Blues uniform, one couldn't have scripted a better ending: one where Big Walt, as he was affectionally called, skated around the ice with his three children in front of a standing ovation from a sell-out crowd at Scottrade Center. You can read about it and watch it again right here at stlouisblues.com. Just make sure to have a box of Kleenex nearby.




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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