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D'Agostini Fitting in Well with Blues

Friday, 11.19.2010 / 2:29 PM / St Louis Blues - Features
By Chris Pinkert  - St. Louis Blues
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D\'Agostini Fitting in Well with Blues
Matt D’Agostini’s childhood sounds a lot like the story of any other young boy growing up in Canada.

Before he began to crawl, he was watching hockey games on television with his father. Before he could walk without falling, he was falling on skates on a backyard rink his family built and maintained. He played organized hockey with his brother, while his dad was part of the coaching staff or helped out with whatever the team would need.

Everywhere he looked, there was hockey.

“That was always the thing to do is go out and play hockey, so I’ve been doing it my whole life,” D’Agostini said recently. “My dad was a big hockey fan, my brother and I both played…our whole family was always into hockey.”

And that’s how it starts for most children growing up north of the border. A dream to one day play in the NHL is prominent, although a vast majority of the dreamers never get a chance to play on the big stage.

For D’Agostini, his first chance at the NHL came on perhaps the biggest stage in hockey: in Montreal, where fans of the Canadiens are widely considered to be among the league’s most rabid fans.

As a rookie, D’Agostini potted 12 goals and 9 assists (21 points) in 53 games with the Canadiens, proving that the offensive prowess he displayed while with the Guelph Storm (OHL) and the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) was no fluke.

“He gets (his shot) off quick. He’s got a great one-timer, a great wrist shot,” said Blues forward Alex Steen, who has seen plenty of ice time with D’Agostini this season. “He’s able to place his shots too, which is tough to do. He’s got good skating ability, good quick first steps.”

For some reason he can’t quite explain, D’Agostini couldn’t replicate that early success during his sophomore season in Montreal. Through 40 games, he had just four points (2 goals, 2 assists) before being traded to the Blues for prospect Aaron Palushaj on March 2, 2010.

“I was caught off guard, but there’s always (trade) rumors floating around in Montreal. You never know which ones to believe,” D’Agostini said. “(The trade) came as quite a shock. It changes your life right around and it happens in a split second.

“Coming into the situation (in St. Louis), where the guys were in the middle of a playoff run, it was tough for me to work my way (into the lineup) in the middle of the year.”

D’Agostini didn’t get much ice time immediately after the trade. He played just seven games last season with Davis Payne’s club and failed to register a point.

“There’s so much change in a short period of time. Not just hockey stuff, but other things, like your surroundings,” said Steen, who also went through a midseason trade to the Blues in 2008. “You don’t know how to get to the rink, you don’t have a car, you’re staying at a hotel. You don’t get that ‘home’ feeling. At the rink, there’s a whole new structure, new teammates, new chemistry.”

So D’Agostini spent the offseason getting acclimated to his new home: the city, his teammates and the organization. He knew he’d have to work hard in training camp to earn a regular spot in the roster. And that’s exactly what he’s done.

Whatever caused his production to slip in his sophomore season is history.

“I’ve always had confidence in myself, that I could put the puck in the net,” D’Agostini said. “I’ve seemed to do it at every level. I had a good offseason, I worked on a lot of things and I’ve got the confidence back right now.”

That confidence has translated into six goals through 17 games this season, giving D’Agostini the team-lead in goals.

“I don’t think I have anything to prove,” he added. “I’m just going out there and playing my game. Hopefully it’s good enough for the coaching staff and the organization and hopefully helps this team win.”

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
V. Tarasenko 46 24 23 23 47
A. Steen 44 15 25 8 40
K. Shattenkirk 46 8 31 17 39
J. Schwartz 39 16 21 15 37
D. Backes 45 16 17 5 33
J. Lehtera 45 9 21 16 30
T. Oshie 38 13 15 11 28
A. Pietrangelo 46 4 23 0 27
P. Stastny 38 9 16 5 25
P. Berglund 45 6 9 -1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 13 5 2 .930 1.86
J. Allen 13 5 2 .900 2.65

 
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