Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
 
 

Pietrangelo Adds Size, Strength

Blues defense prospect hopes to make the team out of training camp

Thursday, 07.08.2010 / 4:00 PM / St Louis Blues - Features
By Chris Pinkert  - St. Louis Blues
X
Share with your Friends


Pietrangelo Adds Size, Strength
   
Alex Pietrangelo played in nine games during the 2009-10 season, but has worked hard and hopes to play in many more during the 2010-11 season (Getty Images).

  Biography: Alex Pietrangelo Stats
  Chat Trancript: Pietrangelo on July 8
  Recent Picks: 2010 Blues Draft Coverage
Alex Pietrangelo sat in the stands at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, nervously waiting to hear his name called at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. After what probably felt like an eternity but really was only a couple of minutes, he heard his name called by former Blues’ Director of Scouting Jarmo Kekalainen.

Immediately, the nerves and butterflies were replaced by a big smile. He had been drafted fourth overall by the St. Louis Blues, a team that had already begun stockpiling talented young defenseman such as Erik Johnson (first overall pick in 2006) and Ian Cole (17th overall pick in 2007).

It’s been two years since that memorable day, but Pietrangelo remembers it like it was only yesterday.

“It’s unbelievable how fast time has gone,” he said recently. “Only two years ago I was in that position. Ask anybody who has been a high pick, it’s a pretty tremendous experience.”

Now, after getting a small taste of NHL hockey last year and having a very successful 2009-10 campaign in the Ontario Hockey League, the 6-foot-3 defenseman says he’s ready to contribute at the NHL level.

“I think my confidence has grown quite a bit,” Pietrangelo said, just six months after taking a silver medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championships with Team Canada. He was arguably the tournament’s best player, recording three goals and eight assists for 11 points in just five games. He also had a plus/minus rating of +8.

Afterwards, he joined the Barrie Colts of the OHL, where he posted 29 points (nine goals, 20 assists) in just 25 games.

To prepare for training camp and the rigours of the NHL, Pietrangelo and other recent Blues draft picks were in town recently to work with Blues' Strength and Conditioning Coach Nelson Ayotte, who had prospects and several Blues players participating in sprints on a local track in mid-June.

“I’ve been working with Nelson on a lot of stuff to get quicker. I think these sprints are a really good example in getting better starts and continuing that speed. Running is obviously different than skating, but it kind of builds the same endurance.

“I’ve just been working with Nelson on a lot of different things and it’s been hard work, but it’s going to pay off.”

Ayotte is helping Pietrangelo increase the speed of his legs. He says he’d like to increase the young defenseman’s muscle mass by 12 pounds before the beginning of the season.

Ayotte adds that physically, Pietrangelo is ready to make the leap into the NHL this summer.

“With Petro, he’s gaining strength really fast and gaining muscle really fast. He’s a hard worker,” Ayotte said. “Year after year, we see his commitment increasing. That’s the key for him to become what we think he can become.

“He’ll be ready to go this fall. Physically, he will. The rest of it he must still show, but we know he has tons of skill, so there’s no reason for him not to be part of this organization full time next year.”

Pietrangelo knows that he has plenty to prove before he can become a permanent fixture on Blues’ defense.

“I just have to go in there and do my job,” he said. “Any player going into training camp has to go into it with the mindset that it’s your job to lose. That’s the mindset I’m going with, and I’m going to use the experience that I’ve gained and hopefully it’s going to pay off.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 66 41 18 7 196 162 89
3 STL 64 40 19 5 198 162 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 MIN 64 35 22 7 181 164 77
6 VAN 64 36 24 4 184 176 76
7 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
8 CGY 64 35 25 4 182 165 74
9 LAK 64 31 21 12 175 167 74
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 65 29 26 10 203 215 68
12 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
13 ARI 65 21 37 7 142 220 49
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
V. Tarasenko 64 31 31 27 62
A. Steen 62 19 32 3 51
J. Schwartz 57 21 27 14 48
T. Oshie 56 17 27 8 44
D. Backes 63 21 22 1 43
K. Shattenkirk 49 8 32 18 40
P. Stastny 56 12 25 10 37
J. Lehtera 57 9 24 14 33
A. Pietrangelo 64 6 27 -5 33
P. Berglund 60 8 12 -2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 20 10 2 .922 2.19
J. Allen 17 6 3 .903 2.55

 
TICKETS
Single Game Tickets
2015-16 Ticket Plans
Group Tickets
Luxury Suites
Renew Your Season Tickets
NHL Ticket Exchange
View From Your Seat

TEAM
Roster
In the System
Coaches
Front Office
Blues History
All-Time Player Roster
Chicago Wolves
Alaska Aces

SCHEDULE
Regular Season
Practice Schedule
Promotions Schedule
Schedule Downloads

STATS
Player Stats
League Standings

NEWS
News
Features
Blues Overtime Blog

VIDEO
Video Channels
Game Highlights

GameDay

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 © 1999-2015 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